Unions & Enterprise Agreements

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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.

Approach

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.

Lead Contact
Unions & Enterprise Agreements
Employment

Senior Consultant

Adam Colquhoun

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FAQ

What is an Enterprise Agreement?

A formal agreement between employers and employees in relation to pay and employment conditions in a specific workplace.

Can I ignore the union?

The right approach will depend on your specific situation. We recommend seeking advice if you are unsure about how to deal with a union.

How do you charge?

Trust is one of our core values. We pride ourselves on not causing 'bill shock'. Our usual approach is to provide you with a clear and transparent fee quote to ensure that there are no surprises. You can then make an informed decision about whether you want to proceed or not.

Unions & Enterprise Agreements

Jess Hill

Director

Adam Colquhoun

Senior Consultant

Katherine Stewart

Senior Associate

Fiona Bucknall

Law Graduate

Eleni Psarras

Paralegal

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PO Box 13255, Law Courts VIC 8010

Level 49, 360 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne VIC 3000

Level 10, 580 George Street,
Sydney NSW 2000

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