Unions don’t have upper hand: Survey

But collaboration growing between labour, management
By Amanda Silliker
|labour-reporter.com|Last Updated: 11/23/2011

Nearly two-thirds (64.9 per cent) of organizations think labour relations in Canada are at a critical crossroads, according to the latest Pulse Survey.

“The trend is going in the opposite direction for unionization,” said Kashif Raza, HR business partner at 140-employee Voysus Group in Toronto. “Unionization is decreasing and the trend is more and more workforces, as they come in, there is less unionization. In the next 10 years, it’s going to be extremely low.”

More than one-half (52.1 per cent) of respondents do not think unionized workers have the upper hand in bargaining rights while 27.3 per cent think they do and 20.7 per cent are unsure, found the survey of 339 Canadian HR Reporter readers and members of the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA).