Assist tripartite ILO members in collecting data on labour relations, including trade union membership, scope of collective agreements and strikes and lockouts. Freedom of association ensures that workers and employers can cooperate to negotiate labour relations effectively. Within the framework of strong freedom of association, strong collective bargaining practices ensure that employers and workers have an equal voice in negotiations and that the outcome is fair and equitable. Collective bargaining allows both parties to negotiate a fair employment relationship and prevents costly labour disputes. Indeed, some studies have shown that countries where collective bargaining is well coordinated tend to have fewer wage inequalities, lower and less sustained unemployment rates, and fewer and shorter strikes than countries where collective bargaining is less established. Good collective bargaining practices have sometimes been an element that has enabled some countries to overcome temporary financial crises. ILO standards promote collective bargaining and help ensure that good labour relations benefit everyone. Can collective bargaining create a fairer economy? Discover the impact of collective bargaining on the economy, businesses and working life. Thematic Forum “Freedom of association and effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining: a basis for decent work”.
A guide for the design and implementation of measures to promote and strengthen collective bargaining. Compilation of decisions of the Committee on Freedom of Association: eCompilation (NORMLEX) and PDF version Women`s Leadership in Social Dialogue for Gender Equality in the Asian Garment Sector A compilation of concrete examples from around the world showing how trade unions have tried to reach workers in the informal economy in order to reduce decent work deficits and support their transition to formality. General Inquiry into fundamental Conventions (2012) Reports of the Committee on Freedom of Association since 1952 (PDF). A practical guide on the text of ILO Convention 154 and Recommendation 163rd thematic page on collective bargaining and industrial relations (INWORK). . . .