Collective bargaining between employers and employees, represented by unions, is the main way to get pay increases and better conditions. Heres how to use bargaining to win better pay and conditions.
The new name for a Union Collective Agreement is an ‘Enterprise Agreement’. An Enterprise Agreement means employees bargain collectively with their employer with the assistance of their union.
Enterprise Agreements must include:
Enterprise Agreements must be a maximum length of four years.
Enterprise Agreements can include content such as:
Steps to negotiating an Agreement
Dealing with difficult employers
The new Fair Work laws require both employers and unions to act in good faith. This means:
If your employer fails to do this, the Union can ask Fair Work Australia to issue a bargaining order.
To get an Enterprise Agreement, call the NSWNA
If you do not have an agreement at your workplace, or your current agreement is about to expire, the first step is to call the NSWNA on 1300 367 962 for advice and assistance in bargaining with your employer.
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Under the new work laws, your employer must:
You'll automatically become a member of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation