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Unit details

  • Specialist unit
  • Level 7
  • 15 credits

What will you learn

You will critically evaluate different perspectives on employment relations and the cooperation and conflict that varies between workplaces, including employer strategies towards trade unions and their fitness for purpose. You will justify the growth of low quality jobs and the decline of high-quality roles in different parts of the economy and how to support voice that will contribute to improved levels of organisational performance and employee outcomes. You will also critically analyse the role of collective bargaining in determining pay, and review the advantages and disadvantages of arbitration, conciliation and mediation and their role in the resolution of work disagreements. Finally, you will examine the design and implementation of grievance and disciplinary procedures to help mitigate risk and resolve problems.

 This module is suitable for persons who:

  • are experienced people practitioners

  • are working in a senior people practice role and wish to extend and deepen their skills and understanding to shape strategy, policy and people

  • wish to shape people practice, creating value for a wider audience

  • are currently leading and managing people and practice within organisations.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, learners will be able to:

  • Understand different perspectives on employment relations and how they influence the roles of people professionals and line managers.

  • Understand how external institutions can shape employment relations at organisational level.

  • Understand how people professionals can work with employees and trade unions to sustain mutuality and voice.

  • Understand how people professionals work with employees and trade unions to mitigate organisational risks.

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