Enterprise Bargaining Agreements in Construction

Annie gives a run through of what an EBA is and what it means for small businesses in construction.

What is an Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA)

According the the Fair Work, this is simply an agreement between one or more national system employers and their employees, as specified in the agreement. Enterprise agreements are negotiated by the parties through collective bargaining in good faith, primarily at the enterprise level. Under the Fair Work Act 2009, an enterprise can mean any kind of business, activity, project or undertaking.

What does a Union EBA mean for small businesses in Construction

For small businesses trying to operate in the construction industry, a simple agreement, it is not. A union enterprise bargaining agreement has become a commodity, bought and sold by players across the industry. Show up to a big site without a union EBA, and you’ll be told where to go.

Risks

Considering the advantages of working on a big site, it’s tempting to go straight to the union to negotiate an EBA, but be warned, once it’s approved, it is binding on your business. If, at any stage, you disappoint the union representatives, you risk getting kicked off the job, and getting yourself into a pretty unpleasant situation.

CFMEU EBA 2015 -19

The CFMEU has issued its new claim for enterprise agreements for 2015-19. If you plan to approach them, or any other union, get clued up on the facts first. The Master Builders Association has a really informative section on the topic which you can read here.

When hiring through ConX, you set the criteria of your job and negotiate rates directly with future workers. You can be sure ConX has you covered from all angles.

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