Symposium – Rethinking Equality Bargaining: Building New Bargaining Agendas for the Contemporary Workplace, Guest Editors: Marian Baird and Sue Williamson
This special edition of the Journal of Industrial Relations arose out of an international symposium held at the University of Sydney, Australia, in March 2012, which brought together leading researchers to discuss their research on ‘equality bargaining’. In addition, a number of written contributions were received from researchers unable to attend the symposium. The best of these presentations and papers form the basis of this special edition. The symposium had two aims. The first was to develop the concept of equality bargaining, by building on the work of pioneering researchers in the area. Second, the symposium aimed to compare and contrast research relevant to equality bargaining.
It has long been recognized that collective bargaining is at the heart of industrial relations. Research on collective bargaining was largely gender blind; however, since the late 1980s, researchers have begun to examine how collective bargaining can progress gender equality in the workplace. The introductory article provides an overview of the development and debates around gender equality bargaining over the last 25 years.
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Sue Williamson and Marian Baird
Gender equality bargaining: Developing theory and practice Journal of Industrial Relations 0022185613517468, first published on March 5, 2014 doi:10.1177/0022185613517468
Building new bargaining agendas for the contemporary workplace
The practice of negotiating for terms and conditions of employment to advance workplace gender equality is known as ‘gender equality bargaining’. This article provides an overview of the development and debates around gender equality bargaining over the last 25 years. It shows how definitions and concepts have broadened so that ‘gender equality bargaining’ is now effectively a subset of a wider ‘equality bargaining’ project being implemented by some unions. Just as the concept of equality bargaining has expanded, so too has the range of gender equality bargaining items, reflecting the gendered needs of both male and female employees. This prompts the authors to question whether gender equality bargaining is becoming mainstreamed within collective bargaining and to consider possible attendant implications. This article concludes by framing the following articles in this special edition, highlighting the diverse subject areas which are being negotiated, the multiple approaches being used and the theoretical interdisciplinary approaches being applied to advance both the practice and scholarship of gender equality bargaining.