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Collective Agreements

Queensland Enterprise Bargaining Agreements

Collective agreements, or Enterprise Bargaining Agreements (EBAs) are formal agreements between union members and a particular employer that set out workplace rights and entitlements for that employer. Collective agreements run for a fixed term (usually around 3 years) and continue in force until they are replaced by a new agreement.

Agreements cover many different rights and entitlements including rates of pay, allowances, hours of work, leave entitlements, and many other things.

The process of making a new agreement is called collective bargaining. Only union members get a say on what is included in a collective agreement. If you have any questions about your agreement, or about how bargaining works or how you can be involved, contact the Together office.

An EBA is underpinned by an award, which is the "baseline" for conditions in an industry. An agreement can only improve the conditions in an Award, not undercut them. awards are set out by a commission (typically either the Fair Work Commission or the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission). Both collective agreements and awards are binding documents.

A list of collective agreements that cover Together members in the Queensland state jurisdiction is included below. If you are unsure which agreement covers you, you can always ask.