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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
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
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