Demystifying Collective Bargaining and Agreements in Kenya

Beatrice Webb, an English economic theorist, is credited for having coined the term “collective bargaining” in 1891. She described it as a process where employees collectively empower representatives to negotiate their employment terms with employers. This method, an alternative to individual bargaining, aimed to enhance working conditions and was a key focus of trade unions. Webb’s work highlighted the economic aspect of collective bargaining, offering numerous illustrative examples. In her book, “Industrial Democracy”, she stated that;

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