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Navigating the In and Outs of Mutual Gains Bargaining in the NSW Government Sector




Navigating the Ins and Outs of Mutual Gains Bargaining in the NSW Government sector

 

In the realm of negotiation strategies, the NSW Fair Pay and Bargaining Policy has introduced Mutual Gains Bargaining (MGB) as a paradigm shift for lead negotiators within the NSW Government Sector.

 

For those accustomed to positional, adversarial, or hybrid bargaining approaches, MGB offers promises of collaborative problem-solving and sustainable agreements. However, as an experienced lead negotiator, the transition to MGB presents its own set of pitfalls that demand careful consideration.

 

Firstly, the timeframe constraint of June 30, 2024, adds pressure to an already intricate process. MGB requires time for relationship-building, information sharing, and joint problem solving are elements often alien to negotiators relying on traditional methods. The need for a comprehensive understanding of the NSW Fair Pay and Bargaining Policy becomes paramount. Moreover, the shift from adversarial tactics to cooperative problem-solving may pose challenges to negotiators more accustomed to working with power dynamics.

 

Crafting win-win solutions demands a mindset shift towards shared interests, and negotiating teams must navigate potential resistance from stakeholders not familiar with this approach.

 

As an experienced lead negotiator, how do you plan to address the learning curve associated with MGB? How will you manage stakeholder expectations within the given timeframe, while ensuring the principles of the NSW Fair Pay and Bargaining Policy are adhered to?

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