Lots has been said recently in the press about enterprise agreement making and the approval process by the Fair Work Commission (FWC). In short, the numbers of agreements being made is down and approval times are “long”. The graph below, recently cited in an AFR article, demonstrates a possible link between approval times slowing and
We’ve been doing work in a range of sectors facing challenging enterprise bargaining negotiations. Legacy arrangements made in the past are no longer fit for the future.
What are the some of the key success factors for employers who achieve gain from a difficult enterprise bargaining negotiation?
As with any significant project, leadership is critical.…
The Productivity Commission’s review of the workplace relations framework kicks off with initial submissions due Friday, 13 March 2015.
Continue Reading A big year for bargaining coincides with Productivity Commission Review
Several years ago, the authors of this blog toured the United States to glean what Australian employers could learn from the US enterprise bargaining experience. This led to the widely reported “7 lessons from the US for successful bargaining”.
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Understanding the true boundaries of the enterprise agreement zone (“EA zone”) and the “workplace zone” is crucial to the development of any workplace relations or enterprise bargaining strategy.
Continue Reading The enterprise bargaining zone & the ‘twilight zone’
Once again collective bargaining in Australia is a hot topic. Both the Prime Minister and Senator Abetz have bemoaned the making of ‘soft deals’ by employers.
Continue Reading The long and the short of enterprise bargaining
The new workplace anti-bullying laws came into effect on 1 January 2014 and we recently posted our 7 top tips to successfully manage bullying complaints.
Amidst the many reports about how employers need to be prepared for the new laws, the message could equally apply to union behaviour in workplaces – and not just their own.
Continue Reading New anti-bullying laws: How will unions respond?