What is a collective agreement?Wednesday 12 June, 2019
A collective agreement is a type of employment agreement between employers and registered unions, that covers employees in the employer’s workplace.
As an employee, you may decide that your interests are best represented through a union and collective bargaining. A collective agreement is the formal employment agreement signed after the collective bargaining process.
Collective employment agreements:
- cover at least two employees and are between at least one employer and at least one registered union;
- can cover permanent, full-time, part-time, fixed-term and casual employees and may cover all or some of the employees in a workplace;
- have a clause saying exactly what type of employees and what types of jobs are covered by the agreement; and
- can be joined by extra unions and employers if the collective agreement specifically allows for this to happen.
If you are not a member of a union, you can bargain collectively with an employer or employers but it can’t end in a collective employment agreement, only an identical or very similar individual employment agreement.