Enterprise bargaining is the process where an employer, its staff and the unions representing them, negotiate conditions of employment for a proposed agreement. This occurs in the meetings between the bargaining parties to negotiate a draft agreement. Once bargaining is complete and a draft enterprise agreement has been made, it must be submitted to a vote by the staff who will be covered by the agreement. To come into operation, an agreement must be supported by a majority of staff who vote to approve the agreement and it must be also approved by the Fair Work Commission.
Who will represent the staff in the negotiations with the University?
All staff were notified by the University of the right to representation in bargaining, via email, on 14 August 2017. If you are a member of a union, your union will automatically be your bargaining representative for the negotiation process.
What is good faith bargaining?
The University is committed to bargaining in good faith and to working cooperatively with our staff and your bargaining representatives to achieve the best outcome. Everyone involved in the bargaining process is required by the Fair Work Act to bargain in good faith, which means the University, unions and staff and their representatives must:
- attend, and participate in, meetings at reasonable times
- disclose relevant information (other than confidential or commercially sensitive information) in a timely manner
- respond to proposals made in a timely manner
- give genuine consideration to the proposals and give reasons for any responses to those proposals
- refrain from capricious or unfair conduct way that undermines freedom of association or collective bargaining
- recognise and bargain with the other bargaining representatives for the agreement
When will staff be able to vote for a new Agreement?
At least seven days before voting for an agreement, staff will be given a copy of proposed agreement and additional information and materials to assist with the voting process. All staff who are covered by the current agreement and who will be covered by the new agreement are able to vote, but are not obliged. The University encourages all staff to have their say throughout the process and to vote to ensure your voice is heard.
Keeping up to date….
The University will continue to communicate directly with you and provide regular updates by email and on the EB website, throughout the bargaining process.
If you have any comments and / or questions contact us.