Although bonuses cover the minimum wage and the terms of a sector, enterprise agreements can cover specific agreements for a given company. To approve an enterprise agreement, the Fair Work Commission must ensure that an enterprise agreement is an enterprise-level agreement that provides for terms of employment, including wages, for up to four years from the date of authorization. Enterprise bargaining is an Australian term for a form of collective bargaining in which wages and working conditions are negotiated at the level of different organizations, unlike interprofessional collective bargaining in all sectors. After their creation, they are legally binding on employers and workers covered by the collective agreement of companies. An enterprise contract (EA) consists of a collective agreement between an employer and a union that acts on behalf of workers or an employer and workers acting for themselves. Workers are able to take industrial action when negotiating a draft enterprise agreement. There are strict rules governing union action under the Fair Work Act 2009, including the rights, duties and obligations of employers, workers and their organizations. For more information, see the Fair Work Ombudsman – Trade Union Actions fact sheet. McDonalds is an interesting example of what can be done. In the McDonald`s case (2010), McDonald`s held meetings with staff to explain the new agreement, using a large number of meeting places to encourage participation, including the rental of movie theaters.
The union, in agreement with McDonald`s, prepared summaries of the agreement that outlined the differences between the terms of the contract and the current terms. Staff were allowed to do certification work or access electronic versions and copies on warning signs. Other meetings were organized by the union, during which explanations were given and questions were asked. Staff were also able to contact each state`s human resources department for clarification.