joint consultation

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Is the process through which employers and trade unions share information and exchange views within a joint consultative committee (JCC). Joint consultation differs from collective bargaining in that it addresses issues of shared, not opposed, interest and does not result in a joint decision. Under joint consultation, the union (and possibly non-union) representatives have the opportunity to influence management decision-making, but actual decisions remain in management hands. Partly for this reason, it has been viewed as of limited value by some trade unionists and has often been restricted to less important issues: tea-towels, toilets, and trivia. [See consultation and Joint Industrial Council.]

Subjects: Human Resource Management.

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