Employee-employer relations

Harmonious relations between the employee and employer is a sine qua non for industrial peace. A trade union always strives for achieving this objective. However, the bureaucratic attitude and unilateral thinking of management may lead to conflicts in the organisation which ultimately disrupt the relations between the workers and management. Trade union, being the representative of all the workers, may carry out continuous negotiations with the management with a view to promoting industrial peace.
Negotiating Machinery
Negotiations include the proposals made by one party and the counter proposals of the other party. This process continues until the parties reach an agreement. Thus, negotiations are based on ‘give and take’ principle. Trade union being a party for negotiations, protects the interests of workers through collective bargaining. Thus, the trade union works as the negotiating machinery.
Safeguarding organisational health and the interest of the industry
Organisational health can be diagnosed by methods evolved for grievance redressal and techniques adopted to reduce the rate of absenteeism and labour turnover and to improve
the employee relations. Trade unions by their effective working may achieve employee satisfaction. Thus, trade unions help in reducing the rate of absenteeism, labour turnover and developing systematic grievance settlement procedures leading to harmonious
industrial relations. Trade unions can thus contribute to the improvements in level of production and productivity, discipline and improve quality of work life.

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