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What is an EBA?

Enterprise bargaining is the negotiation process between management, employees and their bargaining representatives (say, a trade union official) with the goal of striking terms for an enterprise agreement (EBA).

An EBA is a document registered with the federal employment tribunal setting out the terms and conditions of employment between a group of employees and their employer.

EBA Specialists - Workplace Wizards

SPECIALISTS IN ENTERPRISE AGREEMENTS

Want to seize control of your employment arrangements? Unfamiliar with concepts such as good faith bargaining, compulsory arbitration and the “Better Off Overall” test? With new significant civil penalties contained in the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth), it pays not to risk ‘going it alone’ within enterprise bargaining.

Enterprise bargaining is the negotiation process between management, employees and their bargaining representatives (say, a trade union official) with the goal of striking terms for an enterprise agreement (EBA).

An EBA is a document registered with the federal employment tribunal setting out the terms and conditions of employment between a group of employees and their employer.

What does the process involve?

The Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) establishes a set of clear rules and obligations about how the bargaining process should occur, including rules about bargaining (including the conduct of those negotiating the deal), the EBA content which must (and must not) be included, and how an agreement is made and approved.

Under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) we calculate 14 arduous hoops employers must jump through from initiating enterprise agreement bargaining for the proposed agreement through to it applying on site, which can be cumbersome. The average agreement negotiation process is about 8 – 10 meetings from ‘cradle to grave’, and (assuming one week to 10 days between meetings) this process taking around 2-3 months.

Planning for success means doing the work ‘up front’ so that an employer’s management team are prepared for an efficient, productive and focused EBA negotiation. Some structured and organised planning will save managers countless hours and tens of thousands of dollars during the negotiation itself.

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How we help

We help clients negotiate enterprise agreements (EBAs) that provide increased flexibility, efficiency and cost-effectiveness, whilst also incentivising staff to boost productivity.

We partner with employers throughout the entire EBA negotiation process and offer complete ‘cradle to grave’ assistance to guide employers through each step of the negotiation (including drafting and implementation). We also help employers renegotiate existing EBAs.

Our advisors have enterprise bargaining experience across a wide range of industries including construction (large scale and major projects), manufacturing and warehousing, retail, education, health, and social and community services. Whether you need someone ‘in the room’ to assist with difficult union negotiations or provide advice and support, Workplace Wizards can help.

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