Introduction

The Management Institute for National Development (MIND) and the Jamaica Civil Service Association have jointly developed and organized the Professional Certificate in Industrial Relations (PCIR) Course. The Course was targeted at civil servants in general and members of the JCSA in particular; it has now expanded to include private sector interests. The first intake for this part-time course commenced in the second quarter of 2010.

Industrial Relations is a multidisciplinary field that is concerned with the relationship between employers and employees. Industrial Relations has several dimensions, chief amongst them being scholarship, problem solving and ethics. Scholarship seeks to examine the economic, sociological, historical, political and legal context and how they impact on IR; problem solving seeks to design policies and institutions to help employment relationships work better; and ethics recognizes that industrial relations contains strong normative principles about workers and employment relationships that impact on human rights and on a society’s democratic foundations. The importance of work is stronger than ever, and the quality of industrial relations can have a significant impact on productivity, social and economic stability, and hence sustainable development.

 

Course Philosophy

MIND’s Professional Certificate in Industrial Relations course supports the development of a core of professional industrial relations officers with the requisite IR skill sets to transform this field within the public and private sectors. It does this in part by providing in-depth knowledge of industrial relations functions in both its theoretical and applied dimensions, with an emphasis on the local context. The intervention will be delivered by leading industrial relations practitioners, lawyers, human resource specialist, academicians and union representatives. The Professional Certificate will also provide practical insights and actual examples of managing industrial relations issues drawing on the vast experience of Jamaica’s trade unions and employers in labour relations matters and through the Institute’s academic expertise.

 Course Goals

This course seeks to develop a cadre of qualified industrial relations practitioners by providing exposure to both the theoretical and practical aspects of industrial relations. On completion of the course participants will be expected to demonstrate sound understanding of labour laws and industrial relations practices including conflict management, other forms of dispute resolution, and skill-sets for collective bargaining.

 Course Structure

Participants will be exposed to both the theoretical and practical approaches to industrial relations. The course explores the development of industrial relations dating back to the earliest forms of work in the apprenticeship period, through to post-slavery and the contemporary context. Additionally, personal development skills of effective writing, analysis and public speaking are taught in order to complement the thematic areas of industrial relations.