multi-employer agreement

multi-employer agreement

(in INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS) an agreement between a group of employers and TRADE UNIONS governing rates of pay and conditions of employment in all of these companies. In multi-employer COLLECTIVE BARGAINING in the UK the employers' interests are usually represented by an EMPLOYERS' ASSOCIATION, which aspires to represent all employers in that particular industry Such agreements are thus often also called ‘industry-wide agreements’. On the union side, the negotiations are usually conducted by paid regional or national officials rather than lay SHOP STEWARDS. The forum in which the agreement is made is known in some industries as a joint industrial council.

Multi-employer collective bargaining agreements developed in the UK from the 1920s onwards, but since the 1960s these agreements have declined in significance. Some firms have moved to company or plant-level bargaining whilst others do not subscribe to collective agreements with unions. However, multi-employer agreements are very important in some other European countries, such as Germany.

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WITH THE NZNO/district health board (DHB) multi-employer agreement (MECA) now expired and DHBs operating under tight financial reins, members will either have to re-evaluate their expectations, or campaign rigorously to secure a satisfactory settlement.
In particular, parties who wish to negotiate and enter into multi-employer agreements no longer need to convince the federal regulatory agency that a multi-employer agreement is in the public interest in order to negotiate (the situation after the Work Choices amendments) or register (the situation before the Work Choices amendments) a multi-employer agreement.
The new work laws have allowed the NSWNA to negotiate a multi-employer agreement with 47 aged care providers, covering nurses at 220 facilities.
Most commonly, employers can claim (with varying degrees of plausibility) that they are in competition with other employers and that the negotiation of a multi-employer agreement undermines their market competitiveness.
The 1981 National Maritime Union (NMU) standard multi-employer agreement for the unlicensed seafarers it represents called for 13 days of vacation accrual for every 30 days worked by the third year of the agreement.
Adjustments in wages, benefits and health and welfare are the same as those included in the multi-employer agreement signed by most of the major hotels in the city.
Under the Employment Relations Act, the responsibility now rests with the individual GP employer parties to find an orderly way to bargain with NZNO in the multi-employer agreement.
NURSES, MIDWIVES and health assistants covered by the Lower North Island Multi-Employer Agreement have voted to accept a revised employer offer.
The number of multi-employer agreements had been declining since the 1950s, but the decline accelerated in the 1980s as multi-employer agreements were replaced by either single-employer or, in some cases, plant-level contracts (Brown and Walsh 1991).
Accordingly, Sisson attributes the relatively dramatic decline of multi-employer bargaining in Britain, especially in the engineering industry, to its failure in "neutralizing the workplace," largely because of the country's peculiar "common law" bargaining traditions where multi-employer agreements are insufficiently detailed in substance for workplace bargaining to be merely supplementary or administrative.
In several industries, national or regional multi-employer agreements cover employees of many different companies.

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