Dealing with unions is a delicate exercise. They are not ordinary counterparties. There are many practical considerations to be aware of that are commonly overlooked. We provide pragmatic and methodical guidance that will allow you to move forward with confidence.
Dealing with unions can be hard. Negotiations with unions are often high-stakes. The importance of getting it right cannot be overstated.
We have a wealth of experience in assisting employers to negotiate Enterprise Agreements (colloquially known as EBAs) with unions. Our experience spans a wide array of industries, including construction, not for profit and community services.
Provide strategic advice in relation to:
- Enterprise Agreements;
- industrial action, such as strikes;
- freedom of association issues; and
- union relations.
Our approach is to be firm, but equally to not jeopardise your future relationship with the union. We understand that eroding your relationship with a union can cause more harm than good over the long term.
The difference between a successful and unsuccessful outcome with a union often comes down to approach. We develop carefully tailored solutions to suit the relevant industry, workforce and business objectives.
Our ultimate goal is to ensure that you have a productive working relationship with the union, but to ensure that they treat your business with the level of respect and fairness that it deserves.