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CIPD study highlights benefits of strike negotiations

Strike negotiations were largely successful during the economic crisis, it has been claimed.

05 April 2011

A new study from the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) has highlighted the success of strike negotiations during the economic crisis.

Figures indicate that 71 per cent of employers believe there will be growing levels of industrial action over the next year, with one in three stating that their staff are likely to be involved in such protests.

Statistics also show that relations between unions and managers have remained "generally positive", despite some deterioration.

Commenting on the study, Ben Willmott, senior public policy adviser for the CIPD, claimed that similar worries were expressed in research conducted in 2008, but strike action did not match predicted rises during 2009.

"What actually happened was that the economic crisis led to management and unions working together in the private sector in many cases to try and save jobs," he said.

Mr Willmott went on to note that union bargaining saw many workers opt to take a pay cut or move into a part-time role rather than implementing industrial action.

Last month, Unison urged British Waterways to take part in strike negotiations to discuss proposed changes to the firm's pension scheme.

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