The bargaining power between employers and employees is not equal in many employment relationships. Employees may decide that their interests are represented more effectively through unions and collective bargaining. If a union represents employees in a workplace a collective agreement can be negotiated.
A collective employment agreement is approved and signed after collective bargaining. The agreement sets the terms and conditions of employment of union members who are covered by the agreement.
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 coverage clause saying exactly what type of employees and types of jobs are covered
- can be joined by extra unions and employers if the collective agreement specifically lets this happen.
Non-union members may bargain collectively with an employer or employers, but their negotiations can’t end in a collective employment agreement, only identical or very similar individual employment agreements.
Tools and Resources
Collective Employment Agreement Template - DOCX 101KB
A framework for a collective agreement, plus a range of draft clauses.
Submit a collective agreement
If you are a union or employer, you must submit your collective agreement to MBIE.
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