HR and organized labour aren’t exactly a match made in heaven – here, one HRM offers her advice on getting along BY Nicola Middlemiss 23 Nov 2015 Share HR and organized labour aren’t exactly a match made in heaven but that doesn’t mean the two can’t have a productive relationship. Here, one HR manager reveals the tactics typically employed by unions and offers her top negotiating tips. What to expect “Unions will often get an employer to verbally agree on things based on relationship but they often go back on their words,” warns HR manager Alice Lesmana. “That’s why when you’re dealing with a union, you always have to have everything in writing and in signed documents,” she suggests. According to B.C-based Lesmana, unions will also sometimes attempt to step away or minimize their involvement in certain cases. “This is why an employer needs to build a good relationship with the business agent,” she told HRM, “always involve them in any discussion or any processes whenever possible to build trust.” Top tips To help navigate the minefield of labour negotiations, Lesmana offered the following top tips: Take detailed notes in any and every meetings. Both parties should go through all ‘agreed’ items and items taken off the table ‘compared’ and ‘checked’ at every meetings. Not to agree in putting everything in the contract, sometimes it’s just a matter of putting proper policies and procedure in place. Always be prepared for every meeting. More like this: Should HR go for after-work drinks? These employers give both parents equal baby leave HR urged to help recruits with learning disabilities You've reached your limit - Register for free now for unlimited access To read the full story, just register for free now - GET STARTED HERE Already subscribed? Log in below LOGIN Remember me Forgot password?