Enterprise agreements are enterprise-level agreements between employers and workers and their union on terms of employment. For more information on how to negotiate in good faith and in companies that have proven themselves, see the Ombudsman`s Guide to Good Practice for Fair Work – improving productivity at work in negotiations. By May 2004, AEAs had achieved coverage of about 2.4% of the workforce.  Mining companies have advanced the agreements with some success and have offered substantial wage increases to workers who have opted for an AWA. The proposal should include an updated description of positions and ways to meet employment requirements as part of an agreement on reducing working time. Before the union can enter into collective bargaining, it must be certified by the Labour Council. In a short period of time after the certification is received, the union will begin collective bargaining (or negotiations) with the employer. The aim of the negotiations is to reach agreement on the many issues that can be included in the agreement. The proposed application for an enterprise agreement must be submitted to the Fair Labour Commission within 14 days of the date of filing or within an additional period of time, as permitted by the Fair Work Commission. Under the national labour relations system, there are two categories of agreements: an enterprise agreement will enter into force seven days after the Approval of the Fair Work Commission or at a later date in accordance with the agreement. From that date, an employee`s terms and conditions are deducted from the enterprise agreement. An agreement is reached with a single company between a single employer (or more than two or more employers with a single interest) and workers who are employed at the time of the agreement and who are covered by the agreement.
Employers with a common interest are employers who are in a joint venture or joint venture or who are related companies. They may also be employers approved by the Commission for fair work as an employer with a single interest, which can be either franchised or by other employers, if the Minister of Labour has made a statement. Negotiators are required to act in good faith in the process of negotiating a proposed enterprise agreement. Collective agreements are agreements negotiated by unions and employers. Collective agreements provide certain conditions of employment for a group of workers called “bargaining unit” and represented by a union. The collective agreement defines the rights of workers and the union. Therefore, any union relationship generally results in a collective agreement. In rare cases where a collective agreement cannot be negotiated, the union will cease to represent the workers, either by renouncing their rights or because the workers are terminating the union`s representation rights.