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Industrial Relations

Course Overview

This course provides a strong framework of knowledge to help participants gain a clear understanding of the relationship between management and labor organisations and aims to equip participants with a clear perspective of industrial relations and collective bargaining. Participants would be briefed on the various Labour Laws and the various processes to settle unresolved disputes and other matters which arise between employers and trade unions. Participants would gain knowledge not just related to the evolution of labor-management relations, but also about why maintaining a resilient, productive working bond between labor and management is mutually advantageous to all parties. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course students will be able to: 

  • Discuss various acts and agencies related to the relationship between labour and management 
  • Classify unfair labour practices as initiated by an employer or a labour organization 
  • Discuss the collective bargaining process, including negotiations, outcomes, and memorandums of understanding 
  • Discuss the labour laws 
  • Industrial Relations Act 
  • The Industrial Relations 
  • Maternity Protection Act  
  • Minimum Wages Act 
  • Occupational Safety and Health Act      
  • Retrenchment and Severance Benefits Act 
  • Describe how labour relations units, supervisors, and union representatives administer a collective bargaining agreement 
  • Explain how a grievance is generated and processed 
  • Compare performance-related, conduct-related, unfair labour practice, and miscellaneous grievances 
  • Describe various alternative dispute resolution techniques and the appeals process 


• History of Industrial Relations
• Define what is Industrial Relations
• The purpose of Industrial Relations and its importance.
• Contract employment
• Permanent employment
• Explain what is the Industrial
Relations Act
• Discuss the labour laws of
Trinidad and Tobago
• Explain what is the Industrial
Relations Act
Discuss the international labour
laws and conventions
• Explain what the employee/individual rights in the workplace is according to the Industrial Act.
• Define each employee right e.g. Minimum wage, Hours of work, Leave entitlement.
• In addition to its inherent powers as a superior court of record, an Industrial Court has jurisdiction –to hear and determine trade disputes;
• to register collective agreements and to hear and determine matters relating to the
registration of such agreements;
• to enjoin a trade union or other organization or workers or other persons or an employer from taking or continuing industrial action;
• to hear and determine proceedings for industrial relations offences under this Act;
• to hear and determine any other matter brought before it, pursuant to the Act.
• Define what is collective bargaining
• Define what is collective bargaining
• Define dismissal
• The Disciplinary Process
• Fair dismissal
• Define the meaning of Discipline and Grievance in the workplace
• Distinguish between Misconduct and gross misconduct
• Explain the grievance process in the workplace.
Duration 10 Weeks
Level Intermediate
Price £385.00

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