Collective agreements now available on the web

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Collective agreements now available on the web

Employers can now check out the collective agreements of their competitors on the Workplace Authority website.

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Employers can now check out the collective agreements of their competitors on the Workplace Authority website.

And unions and employees can ascertain what employers are paying their workers within industries.

After the introduction of WorkChoices the publication of such agreements was discontinued for some time, allegedly for ‘privacy’ and other reasons.

‘Going rate’

However there was a view in IR circles that one reason was to encourage bargaining of wages and conditions that reflected enterprise realities and not the ‘going rate’.

New collective agreements must pass the current fairness test before they will be published.

To access collective agreements people searching the website will need to fill in at least some of the fields requiring such information as employer name, ABN number, union name, lodgement date, agreement type, state of operation, industry and business size.

Exemption

Employers lodging collective agreements with the Authority have 14 days in which to apply to have their agreement exempted from publication.

To do this they must establish one or more of the following grounds:

  • There are details of trade secrets or like matters contained in the collective agreement;

  • The AIRC had previously made orders in relation to non-publication of the collective agreements in issue and the reasoning of the AIRC remains relevant; or,

  • There are other compelling reasons for non-publication.

The Workplace Authority points out that the presence of pay rates in collective agreements is not considered sufficient basis for exemption.

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