Management of Industrial Relations

University of the South Pacific

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Management of Industrial Relations

  • Host University

    University of the South Pacific

  • Location

    Suva, Fiji

  • Area of Study

    Management Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    MG101: Introduction to Manageemnt or MG106: Introduction to Human Resource Management

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Management of Industrial Relations is the study of bipartite relationships that exist between workers and their employers within the work environment at different levels. Most people work in organizations of different sizes, which can be big, medium or small, whether in the public or private sector, formal and informal sectors and involved in either manufacturing of goods or providing services. Nearly all industrial relations systems have provisions for tripartism -they are made up of three parties, the employer/management, employee/workers/trade unions and the government/state.
    However, third party will only intervene if bipartism fails. The different ways in which these three groups interact account for the different countries Industrial Relations systems. As an area of management concern industrial relations has become increasingly important to ensure that industrial relations is managed correctly, because if the relations between workforce and management are good then the organizations have a good chance of being successful. Industrial relations is all about setting up a correct working climate in which an organization can be best assured of a successful future.
    This course will equip the students with necessary knowledge and skills in understanding the workplace dynamics, various processes through which the parties interact with each other and methods of resolving conflicts and promote industrial harmony.
    Learning Outcomes
    - Examine the importance of the main events in industrial relations history, development and approaches to industrial relations management;
    - Compare the stakeholder roles and influences and their Pacific Island Countries applications to industrial relations;
    - Assess industrial relations laws, rules, conventions and processes and their Pacific Island Countries systems applications;
    - Appraise the concepts of employee representation and participation in industrial democracy and their applications in industrial relations;
    - Justify the ethical and professional applications of current and emerging trends and issues in the management of industrial relations.
    Course Content
    - Approaches to industrial Relations
    - Concepts & IR values
    - State institutions (Government)
    - Employees (workers & TU)
    - Management (Employer & EA)
    - Trade Union structures & challenges
    - Collective bargaining
    - Industrial Democracy
    - Redundancy & dismissals
    - Discrimination & EEO
    - Grievances & dispute settlement
    - Emerging Issues
    Salamon, M. (2000). Industrial Relations: Theory and Practice. 4th Edition, FT Prentice Hall, England.
    Individual Seminar: 5%
    Mid Semester Test: 15%
    Group Assignment: 15%
    Tutorial Attendance and Participation: 10%
    Student Workload data collection: 5%
    Final Exam: 50%

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