Social partnerships in Newfoundland and Labrador and the Faroe Islands

Lay Summary 

The desire for constructive labour relations is nearly universal across nations, regions and industries. In recognition that conflicts between employers and workers can be costly and an impediment to optimal economic, safety and social outcomes, governments in many regions have encouraged the formation of social partnerships where business, labour and government can collaboratively develop labour market and employment relations policy.

Based on semi-structured interviews with twelve participants with direct experience with social partnerships and labour relations in the Faroe Islands and Newfoundland and Labrador, I explore the dynamics of social partnerships in remote and northern regions. A central theme from these interviews is that for social partnerships to work there needs to be strong coordination of objectives and interests within each party at the partnership table, i.e. business, labour and government respectively. This comparative study shows that this need for internal coherence exists across diverse regions despite very different labour relations institutions and environments. Another finding is that in smaller communities, interpersonal relationships between the labour relations practitioners tend to be more amicable, something that facilitates negotiation and cooperation.

Faculty of Business Administration
Program For Northern Mobility
Newfoundland and Labrador
Faroe Islands
Human Resources
Qualitative Research
Public Administration
Labour Market
Industry Sectors 
Religious, Grant-Making, Civic, and Professional and Similar Organizations
Provincial and Territorial Public Administration