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Aspects and Dynamics of Collective Bargaining and Social Dialogue in the Post-Reform Period in India

K.R. Shyam Sundar (Author)

Globalization has intensified competition in the product market and employers apart from demanding systemic reforms in the labour laws and governance have sought to initiate changes at the workplaces to achieve flexibility which in several ways have weakened the collective institutions. Amidst these adversarial industrial relations strategies, some significant developments have been taking place doubtlessly prompted by the same globalization forces. Employers need workers cooperation in fulfilling the market demand and to bring down the unit cost of production via rise in productivity as much as workers strongly want employers to invite their representatives to the negotiating table. Trade unions need to ensure protection of labour rights and equitable distribution of value added. Hence collective bargaining and social dialogue assumes importance. The book recounts the institutional changes that have taken place in recent years in the realm of industrial relations and analyzes the institutions of dialogue such as collective bargaining and tripartism. It also deals with the significant developments taking place in the informal economy with respect to organizing of and negotiating for workers in it. This is one of the very few studies that dwells on the subject of collective bargaining and social dialogue in India. The book should be useful to academics, researchers, and students in industrial relations and labour economics and also to managers and policy makers.

Contents: Preface. 1. Introduction. 2. Labour market in India in the post-reform period. 3. An over view of industrial and employment relations in India. 4. Wages and labour institutions in India. 5. Social dialogue in India. 6. Challenges to trade unions and collective bargaining and the response by trade unions. 7. General trends in collective bargaining in India in recent years. 8. Dynamics of wage and productivity bargaining. 9. Mechanism of productivity bargaining. 10. Collective bargaining and social dialogue with regard to informal economy workers. Conclusions. Appendices. References.

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About the author

K.R. Shyam Sundar

K.R. Shyam Sundar is currently working as Professor in Human Resource Management (HRM) Area, XLRI, Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur. Prior to this, he worked as Associate Professor in the Department of Economics in Guru Nanak College, Mumbai University. He has published so far 54 research articles, 11 single-authored books and 2 edited books in the area of industrial relations and labour economics. He has completed a dozen research projects for organisations like the International Labour Organization (ILO), the European Union. Five of his research projects have been published by ILO. He is on the Editorial Board of Indian Journal of Labour Economics, Indian Society of Labour Economics and Amity Journal of Economics, Amity University.

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Title Aspects and Dynamics of Collective Bargaining and Social Dialogue in the Post-Reform Period in India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 28.03.2016
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789382059431
length 304p.,