What is a Collective Agreement

Collective agreements are usually defined by statute as written documents between employers and trade unions. More specifically, they are defined as agreements:

...in writing between an employer or an employer’s organization, on the one hand, and a trade union that, or a council of trade unions that, represents employees of the organization, on the other hand, containing provisions respecting terms and conditions of employment or the rights, privileges or duties of the employer, the employer’s organization, the trade union or the employees.

An essential ingredient of a collective agreement is that it be between an employer and a trade union. The agreement must be signed and in writing.

A collective agreement is a contract of employment between the parties, being the employer and a trade union. It is a legal and binding document.

It is the responsibility of the Job Steward to know the terms and conditions of the collective agreement and ensure they are enforced.

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