Preview Of Human Resource Practitioners’ Guide to Industrial Relations (First Edition)

Industrial Relations is commonly defined as the relationship between the management of a company and the trade union representing the workers. As such, not every HR practitioners have the opportunity to grasp the complicated, often emotive, area of industrial relations as it is only applicable to unionised companies.

The first edition of this guide originates from the other title of this series, HR Practitioners’ Guide to Employment Laws. It serves to outline the Employment and Industrial Relations in Singapore in simple language to help readers, especially HR practitioners and tertiary students majoring in Human Resource Management, to have a better understanding of the rights and obligations of both employers and employees, especially in unionised companies.  Many real-life scenarios faced by HR practitioners are shared in this guide. It must be said that the solutions given in this guide are by no means exhaustive, but they will certainly be useful for the many common issues that HR practitioners may face in the course of their work.

There are scenarios and suggested solutions for each topic as it is critical for HR practitioners and students alike to fully appreciate the applications of the Employment and Industrial Relations in Singapore.

 

Contents :

Chapter 1:  Employment and Industrial Relations in Singapore

  • A. Difference between Employment Relations and Industrial Relations?
  • B. Role and Function of the Government
  • C. Employer Organisations
  • D. Employee Organisations

Chapter 2 :  The Singapore Tripartite Model

  • A. Tripartisim
  • B. Statutory Laws to Maintain Good Industrial Relations
  • C. Labour Relations Framework and Policy
  • D. Ministry of Manpower

Chapter 3 :  Dispute Settlement Between Employers and Trade Unions

  • A. Trade Disputes
  • B. Conciliation Services
  • C. Rights and Liabilities of Trade Unions
  • D. Trade Union Structure
  • E. Union Membership
  • F. Objectives and Types of Trade Union
  • G. Types of Trade Union

Chapter 4 : Trade Unions and Trade Unions Act

  • A. Background and Development of Trade Unions
  • B. Registration of Trade Unions
  • C. Rights and Liabilities of Trade Unions
  • D. Trade Union Structure
  • E. Union Membership
  • F. Objectives and Types of Trade Union
  • G. Types of Trade Unions

Chapter 5 : Trade Union Recognition in Singapore

  • A. Recognition of Trade Union
  • B. Procedures for Union Recognition
  • C. Conducting the Secret Ballot

Chapter 6 : Collective Bargaining and Collective Agreement

  • A. Collective Bargaining
  • B. Collective Bargaining in the Public Sector
  • C. Collective Bargaining and Transfer of Employment
  • D. Formulating Clauses in the Collective Agreement
  • E. IAC Awards
  • F. The Collective Agreement

Chapter 7 : Industrial Relations Act

  • A. Management Prerogative
  • B. Limited Representation
  • C. Tripartite Mediation Resolution
  • D. Proposed Amendments to the Industrial Relations Act

Chapter 8 : Trade Disputes Act

  • A. Trade Disputes
  • B. Types of Industrial Relations Action
  • C. The Last Strike in Singapore
  • D. Relationship between Industrial Action and the Contract

Chapter 9 : Criminal Law ( Temporary Provisions ) Act

  • A. Essential Services
  • B. Relationship between the Criminal Law ( Temporary Provisions ) Act and the Trade Unions Act

Chapter 10 : The Industrial Arbitration Court

  • A. Role and Functions of the Industrial Arbitration Court
  • B. Composition of the Industrial Arbitration Court
  • C. Jurisdiction of the Industrial Arbitration Court
  • D. Arbitration Process of the Industrial Arbitration Court
  • E. Industrial Arbitration Court Hearing

Chapter 11 : Dismissal and Discipline of Employees

  • A. Agreement
  • B. Repudiatory or Fundamental Breach
  • C. Dismissal on the Grounds of Performance
  • D. Dismissal on the Grounds of Misconduct

Appendices