Participating employers and bargaining agents take joint ownership of broad labour relations issues and develop collaborative solutions to workplace problems through the auspices of the National Joint Council.  Employers and bargaining agents have agreed that the National Joint Council is the "Forum of Choice".

Created in 1944, the National Joint Council today includes 19 public service bargaining agents, Treasury Board and a number of "separate employers" as official members.

Partnership and co-development are keys to the modernization of public service labour relations.  At the National Joint Council, government and union representatives demonstrate that partnership and co-development improve the workplace and provide important benefits.

NJC complements collective bargaining between individual unions and employers by offering an alternate and innovative way to address issues on a public service-wide basis.