Grilld Enterprise Agreement

Employers should be familiar with the minimum employment standards set out in the National Employment Standard (NES) and the corresponding attribution or enterprise agreement. These documents explain what is allowed and contain what the minimum wage is. In October of this year, tens of thousands of people across Australia took part in rallies for the ACTU Change The Rules campaign. The campaign calls for improved working conditions and, in particular, the introduction of sectoral negotiations. ACTU Secretary Sally McManus said the current regulations, known as the business bargaining system, “have failed many people” and that workers must be able to “negotiate on a level playing field with large capital.” Workers are preparing to renegotiate the current enterprise agreement, described as “highly abusive” by an employment law official. This agreement was signed in 2015 and will remove penalties for weekends, public holidays and work performed after 9 p.m. on weekdays. It limits overtime pay and provides little room for annual wage increases. The 2015 agreement expires at the end of this month. Enterprise bargaining can play an essential role in creating more favourable agreements and play a central role in the future of work.

But the current business trading model has limitations. One of the arguments of the “Change the Rules” campaign is that companies often only negotiate between an employer and its employees. Not all “benefits” are reflected in other jobs, even in the same sector. In a statement, the company said any indication that the enterprise agreement is far from “lawful, valid or compliant” is strongly contested. At present, employees are facing an increase in wages. It has been suggested that this is due to a decrease in union membership and trade union actions, as well as reductions in punitive interest rates. Enterprise agreements provide workers with an important opportunity to lobby and improve their working conditions. In companies with collective agreements, wage movements were higher than in the economy as a whole.

If a job has a registered contract, the premium does not apply. However, Julie Peel, whose daughter worked at the Macquarie Centre restaurant in Sydneys North Ryde, said she and her colleagues had been put under pressure to work outside the enterprise agreement. Once the negotiation process is complete and an agreement between the workers and the employer, the workers will have to decide on the agreement. If the majority of workers vote in favour of it, the agreement may be submitted to the FWC for approval. After approval, it applies to workers covered by the agreement.