Tag Archives: collective bargaining

UK: Legislation – Employment law reform proposals during the Summer 2017 General Election

The main parties' manifestos for the general election all contained numerous proposed employment law reforms, the Conservatives promising "the greatest expansion in workers' rights by any Conservative government in history" while Labour included a 20 point "plan for security and equality … Continue reading

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Australia: Wages trends in enterprise bargaining – latest data

The 'Trends in Federal Enterprise Bargaining' report for October-December 2016 was released by the Department of Employment this week. Across the country, Victoria recorded the highest annual wages increases of 3.6%, compared to the Australian Capital Territory with the lowest at … Continue reading

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Asia: The Role of Unions

Unions are becoming increasingly prevalent across Asia. Here we take a look at which aspects of the employment relationship unions may be involved in Singapore, Hong Kong, the People's Republic of China, Thailand, Indonesia, South Korea and Japan.

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Australia: The new NERR – another bargaining stumbling block?

From 3 April 2017, there is a new look to the most controversial form in enterprise bargaining – the notice of employee representational rights (NERR). The NERR is the form an employer must use to notify employees, when enterprise bargaining … Continue reading

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Australia: The right to vote – casual academics and enterprise bargaining

Two recent decisions have provided some important guidance on the obligation for employers to include, or not include, casual employees in enterprise bargaining processes under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Act).1 These cases are of particular relevance to universities, given … Continue reading

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Australia: Employers do not need to hold out for legislative change to activate useful enterprise bargaining levers

In recent weeks, we’ve seen a very familiar industrial relations dynamic play out in the media. Imminent strike. Employees demand higher wages. Employer offers a 2.5% increase. Employees reject the offer because similar interstate roles receive higher pay. Employer claims that … Continue reading

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Australia: Full Bench in Aurizon turns tide on enterprise agreement terminations

In brief A recent decision of the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission has overturned previous authority and rejected the notion that it will generally be inappropriate to terminate an expired enterprise agreement during bargaining. Rather, the Full Bench … Continue reading

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Spain: Expired collective bargaining agreement may remain applicable

The Spanish Supreme Court's judgment of 22 December 2014 has recently been published, establishing binding legal precedent with regard to the extended application of collective bargaining agreements (known as ultractividad) and the impact on employment relationships of the expiry of a … Continue reading

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Australia: Enterprise bargaining – recent trends and issues

In brief Two issues relating to collective bargaining – the variation of enterprise agreements and requirements relating to the content of notices of employee representational rights – are currently before the Federal Court and the full bench of the Fair … Continue reading

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Spain: Simplification to collective consultation processes where multiple places of work involved

Amendments have been made to core aspects of the employment law reforms implemented in 2012 with regard to certain collective consultation processes. The amendments are aimed at making the process simpler and quicker. The 2012 reforms caused numerous problems with … Continue reading

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