We represent clients engaged in collective bargaining, including assisting in negotiations, providing advice on strategies, processes, bargaining process agreements, terms and conditions, and other industrial disputes, as well as managing relationships with unions.
We have extensive experience acting for clients during the collective bargaining process, and provide other industrial-relations related services, including:
- Drafting bargaining process agreements.
- Advising on issues arising during industrial action (strikes, lockouts and suspension of workers).
- Acting in cases relating to unlawful strikes (including strikes in essential services).
- Advising on issues relating to the specific requirements pertaining to communications around and during the bargaining process.
- Acting in cases relating to unlawful interference with trade, business and employment.
- Acting for clients during facilitation and mediation.
We frequently provide advice to large employers regarding their strategies for collective bargaining, and to ensure the heightened good faith requirements around bargaining time are complied with.
Particularly with the changes to collective bargaining, that strengthened union rights and collective bargaining requirements, it is important that employers are well equipped to engage with unions during collective bargaining.
We work hard to ensure we understand the most up to date legal position, and how that will impact our clients’ business so we can provide effective and practical advice tailored to the particular business for these purposes.
Jennifer was involved in advising a large employer in regard to an action brought by a union over access to workplace rights and a further dispute relating to the Employment Relations Act 2000. The union had a particularly strong position on site access, whilst the employer wished to minimise the impact of such access -a fairly common dispute. The advice and consequent discussions ultimately led to an agreement between the parties which detailed protocols for access, in addition to minimising that access.