Definition: a subject of dispute related to salaries, working hours or any other types of employment conditions regarding which an employer may or may not possess the power to conduct unilateral changes without issuing an advanced notification to the workers union. In most commonwealth countries, prior to making any adjustments regarding health insurance, contract length, strikes or other employment terms, the management is required to bargain about the details of said adjustments with the union before they can implement them it.
In a Sentence:
The mandatory bargaining issue arose when the board of directors decided to reduce health coverage in half without informing anyone from the workers union.
Despite the employer’s attempts to convince the union of the necessity of salary cuts in the current economic situation, the mandatory bargaining issue was still far from being resolved.
Synonyms and related words: management prerogative, mandatory subjects of bargaining, collective bargaining, trade union, conditions of employment