Do Enterprise Agreements Really Matter?

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Mawson Consulting assists businesses in establishing the right organisation structure and roles, so the goals of the business can be achieved.

April 2017

Ashurst recently released its 2017 Bargaining Survey Report based on feedback from a range of businesses across industry sectors. It has some interesting findings about the state of Enterprise Bargaining in Australia. 

Some of the key conclusions it finds are that:-
• most employers are using EAs to provide an environment of predictability and certainty in which to operate, rather than as a means to drive improvement;
• 60% of those surveyed don’t expect productivity gains from the EA; and
• 21% have EAs operating beyond their term.

So what is the message?
• That EAs are at best, an enabling mechanism to provide an employee relations framework. They are not the main game as far as business performance and improvement are concerned.
• The real focus remains on engaging employees around business improvement and the introduction of change.
• Understanding the perceptions of employees – what they think about the business, and what their experience is working there – is critical to achieving alignment and building trust.
• This needs capable leaders at all levels of the business who can explain change and lead it effectively.

The full report is at  http://clientlink.au.ashurst.com/reaction/publications/WEB_18378-PUBEmploymentBargainingSurveyReport2017_FA1.pdf 

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