Meaning of “collective bargaining” in the English Dictionary

"collective bargaining" in English

See all translations

collective bargainingnoun [ U ]

uk /kəˌlek.tɪv ˈbɑː.ɡɪ.nɪŋ/ us /kəˌlek.tɪv ˈbɑːr.ɡɪ.nɪŋ/

Examples from literature

  • All three groups, the employer and public groups and of course the labor group, advocated collective bargaining,—but with a difference. 
  • Differences with employers relating to such matters as promotion, hours of labor, wages, and overtime are settled by collective bargaining or, in case of failure to agree, by arbitration proceedings. 
  • The basic idea of the trade agreement is that of collective bargaining rather than arbitration. 
  • The rates of wages and hours of labor, both of factory workers and of employees of contractors, are determined by collective bargaining. 
  • You must have a living wage, and how can there be a living wage unless we admit the principle of collective bargaining. 

(Definition of “collective bargaining” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"collective bargaining" in American English

See all translations

collective bargainingnoun [ U ]

us /kəˈlek·tɪv ˈbɑr·ɡə·nɪŋ/

social studies a system in which employees deal with their employers as a group and try to agree on matters such as pay and working conditions

(Definition of “collective bargaining” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"collective bargaining" in Business English

See all translations

collective bargainingnoun [ U ]

uk us HR

a process in which employees talk as a group with their employer to try to reach an agreement on pay, working conditions, etc.:

Opponents of collective bargaining point out that state employees already are well-compensated.

(Definition of “collective bargaining” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)