Bargaining is an essential aspect of collective employment agreements. in order to have agreed upon something it must have been negotiated on and bargained for. The Employment Relations Act 2000 puts significant constraints on how, when and who may bargain for collective agreements and an overall obligation on the parties to deal with each other in good faith.

A Multi-Employer Collective Agreement (MECA) is a single collective agreement that can cover more than one employer, and can cover more than one union. A MECA is binding on those parties and the employers’ employees who are members of the union and whose work is covered by that clause of the agreement.

These types of agreements can be complex and employers need to seek professional advice through 0800 300 362 or

To assist you further we also offer a course on dealing with unions and collective bargaining.