MECAs
MECAs
Multi-employer collective agreements (MECAs) are not new; they have existed in various forms under previous industrial laws.
A MECA it 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 the coverage clause of the
agreement.
Before bargaining for a MECA can be initiated the union must ballot its members to ensure
that a majority of its members are in favour of bargaining for a single collective agreement
with two or more employers.
Employers may initiate bargaining with a union for a MECA in some circumstances; if the
union believes that its members would not be in favour of bargaining for a single collective
agreement then it must conduct a ballot.
The negotiation of MECAs involves specialist skill in collective bargaining and multi-party
representation.
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