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Negotiated Change presents a definitive and comprehensive account of the way labour-management relations have changed in post-liberalized India. It reviews the response of the collective bargaining strategy to the challenges of globalization and the restructuring of enterprises.
Based on a survey of about 236 collective bargaining agreements in the public and private sectors in India since 1991 to date, this unique and succinct study covers a number of pertinent issues including:
the legal framework of collective bargaining in India;
examples of agreements which provide for different kinds of cooperative arrangements, promote productivity and usher in workplace improvements;
labour-management cooperation in restructuring and trade off between jobs to turn around sick units; and
emerging trends towards negotiated flexibility at the enterprise level.
It also highlights the special features of public sector bargaining and the role of collective bargaining in the areas of social security and employee welfare.