Unions don’t have upper hand: Survey

Labour, management collaboration growing
By Amanda Silliker
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 11/28/2011

More than one-half (52.1 per cent) of organizations do not think Canadian unionized workers have the upper hand in bargaining, according to a survey conducted by Canadian HR Reporter (CHRR).

Less than one-third (27.3 per cent) of the respondents believe organizations have the upper hand and 20.7 per cent are unsure, found the survey of 339 CHRR readers and members of the Human Resources Professionals Association.

“The only power they have is to strike and if that’s taken away from them, it really doesn’t matter when it comes to negotiation power,” said Kashif Raza, HR business partner at 140-employee Voysus Group in Toronto.