What Does Collective Agreements Mean In A Contract

At NJORD Law Firm, we have extensive experience in providing legal advice in relation to collective agreements. We support you by creating an overview of the conditions of your employees. Our lawyers advise on rights under a collective agreement as well as rights arising elsewhere. In situations where a certain level of employees wants their union recognized, you may need to do so to discuss employee conditions with the union. You may also be required by law to recognize the union by the Central Arbitration Committee. After recognition, you will have discussions with the union about the conditions. It is part of the collective agreement. When you reach this point, it forms the collective agreement. The agreement applies to all unionized and non-unionized employees within a particular group or bargaining unit. This means you can`t help but give non-unionized employees the negotiated terms. If no agreement is reached, the union can ask Acas to help them or start a labour dispute with your employees. Procedures for the defence of workers` rights are also provided for in collective agreements.

It is the union`s responsibility to uphold workers` rights by filing a complaint and, if necessary, following up on the matter prior to arbitration. As a general rule, workers must be represented by trade unions in order to exercise their rights if a complaint is rejected by their immediate superior. The exact process for filing a complaint and even arbitration varies by collective agreement. For more information on complaints and arbitration, see The Grievance and Arbitration Process. More information on collective agreements can be found on the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development website. For federal business, we refer to the Canadian government`s website on collective bargaining in the public sector. Collective agreements are used to supplement legislation or to negotiate area-specific contracts. The fundamental principle is that collective agreements must not contain conditions lower than those laid down in the legislation.

The wage system is an integral part of the collective agreement as it defines the minimum wage. In Common Law, Ford v A.U.E.F. [1969][8], the courts have already held that collective agreements are not binding […].