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MANT346 Employment Relations

Examines how employers, employees and their organisations achieve their objectives. Topics include collective and individual bargaining, mediation, grievance adjudication, industrial conflict, and an introduction to skills such as employment contract negotiation and interpretation.

The paper covers collective and individual employment relations and statutory, contractual and common law rights and responsibilities of employees and employers. Virtually everybody will be an employee or an employer or both during their working careers. You need to know and understand your rights and obligations and those of the people who work for you and how to exercise and enforce them. The language of employment relations is basically negotiation, enhanced sometimes by mediation, and backed, if necessary, by arbitration. This paper is about rights, obligations and the processes of negotiation and mediation employed in administering those rights and obligations.

Paper title Employment Relations
Paper code MANT346
Subject Management
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $863.25
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,276.80

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MANT 250 and 18 further 200-level points
Schedule C
Alternatively, LAWS 413 may be taken as a prerequisite or corequisite.
Teaching staff

Co-ordinator: Associate Professor Ian McAndrew

Teaching Arrangements

Lectures most weeks, with the exception of week 12 when students negotiate the resolution of an employment rights case in mediation. Two-hour tutorials are held in six weeks of the semester. Negotiation and mediation assignments are distributed in tutorials. Attendance at lectures and tutorials is required from the first week of the semester.

Text books are not required for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
  • A knowledge and understanding of employment relations, including the institutions and processes used to interpret and enforce employment rights and responsibilities
  • The ability to analyse employment rights cases
  • The development of skills involved in resolving employment rights cases through negotiation, mediation and more formal resolution procedures.

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Thursday 15:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Wednesday 10:00-11:50 31-34, 37-40
T2 Wednesday 16:00-17:50 31-34, 37-40
T3 Thursday 10:00-11:50 31-34, 37-40