Collective bargaining offers a formal mechanism by which agreements on a range of issues can be negotiates between employers, workers and funders.

Community and Voluntary organisations pay a key role in tackling a wide range of social and economic issues. This role is recognised in government policy and in many circumstances the state is the only source of funding for programmes.

However problems have been arising in the relationship between C&V organisations and the state and have become more acute in the context of the current economic crisis. This issue have been detailed by the Community Sector Employers Forum in their report Tackling the “Shadow Employer” Role. (link to
The state and funding agencies are increasingly assuming the role of a “shadow employer”. This is where by funders are imposing conditions on boards of management that interfere their legislative or governance commitments. An example of this would be funders dictating terms of employment including reductions in the pay of employees. 

Boards of management have been forced into the difficult position of implementing changes that cannot be negotiated with either the funder or employees.

By engaging in a formal system of collective bargaining between employers, workers and funders many “on the ground” problems can be avoided. Issues, including but not limited to pay, can be discussed and agreed by all parties before changes are made.





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