This refers to employeremployee discussion either within a single business entity or over many productive units within an industry.
In the former case it will comprise what are usually referred to as works councils or joint production committees in which shop stewards or other employee representatives can discuss organizational problems with representatives of management.
Joint consultation on a wider scale. embracing all or many of the firms within a particular industry, will generally take place within a more permanent organization, with within a more permanent organization, with involve negotiations between trade unions and employers' organizations. They are often known as joint industrial councils and. in some instances, form the base for collective bargaining on wages and conditions of employment.
The object of any form of joint consultation, whatever the level, is to provide a forum for the interchange of ideas and to J enable management to outline future operations for comment or objection by those who will ultimately put them into practice
|Reference: The Penguin Business Dictionary , 3rd edt.|