Expired Enterprise Agreements

19th September 2021

Expired Enterprise Agreements

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The terms of a company agreement, transitional instruments (on procurement or agreements) and modern public procurement cannot exclude the NES and those that do have no effect. Greenfields agreements are approved when the workers` organisations covered by the agreement are authorised to represent the interests of a majority of workers in the public interest. Of course, entry into an EA can sometimes be a requirement of a main contractor before passing a mandate to carry out work, especially on large construction sites. This type of requirement is controversial, as are “location agreements” with a union, which are not approved by the FWC. In this case, the parties had negotiated for several months without reaching an agreement. The union parties argued that denouncing the agreements would jeopardize the bargaining process and give Aurizon an advantage in the negotiations. The Full Bench found that nothing was inherently inconsistent with the termination of a company agreement exceeding its nominal expiry date and the continuation of collective bargaining in good faith. Secondly, it is possible for an employer to offer “obligations” in the context of the dismissal procedure (maintenance of certain conditions within the framework of the company agreement). As a general rule, employers offer such obligations, including the maintenance of base rates, in order to improve their chances of termination of the company agreement. Three of the four employers` requests recently successfully challenged proposed that companies maintain wages in the event of termination of the company agreement that were significantly higher than the wages provided for in the corresponding award.

These decisions show that there are alternatives to a traditional negotiation of a replacement company agreement under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) and that they are increasingly available to employers as long as a burning platform and an ability to demonstrate traditional bargaining efforts are demonstrated. Employers, workers and their negotiators are involved in the process of negotiating a proposed company agreement. An employer must inform its employees of the right to be represented by a negotiator during the negotiation of a company agreement (with the exception of an agreement in the green meadow) as soon as possible and no later than 14 days after the date of notification of the agreement (normally start of negotiations). Notification must be made to any current employee who is covered by the company agreement. The Fair Work Commission can then help some low-wage workers and their employers negotiate a multi-company agreement and make a decision in certain circumstances. The Fair Work Act 2009 provides a simple, flexible and fair framework that helps employers and workers negotiate in good faith to conclude a company agreement. . . .

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