“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much” – Helen Keller


Collective bargaining is the negotiation between unions and employers to come to an agreement on the terms and conditions of employment.

Effective collective bargaining can significantly improve productivity in the workplace by avoiding industrial disputes and personal grievances, and by having employees and unions who are satisfied with the overall working conditions.  We believe in interest based bargaining to create positive results.

The Employment Relations Act 2000 (the “Act”) recognises that there is no ‘one way’ to bargain. Every bargaining situation is different. It is common that parties will have different views on how to proceed based on their position, and therefore one of the first tasks at hand is to set out a bargaining process agreement.

Regardless of the particular bargaining process adopted, it’s important that both parties abide by the requirements set out in the Act. This includes the duty of good faith that requires parties to conclude collective agreement unless they have a genuine reason not to.

The fundamental and underlying principle to remember with collective bargaining is to always bargain in good faith!

“Paul Diver Associates have developed a highly-regarded reputation in the area of Industrial and Union Relations, with over 35 years of experience in Collective Bargaining. We will assist by providing strategic direction and advice, streamlining the bargaining process, and ensuring the parties’ achieve a fair settlement based on the current market conditions.”

Benefits of Effective Collective Bargaining
  1. Provides a long term strategy for managing constructive union relationships
  2. Effective planning can result in “win win” situations and creative results
  3. Plays a vital role in preventing and settling strikes, lockouts and other industrial disputes, which can otherwise result in huge losses of productivity and morale
  4. Speeds up the bargaining process, reaching settlement and concluding a collective agreement with greater ease

Collective bargaining is a complex process and specialised knowledge is required for successful results. Call ahead and have Paul Diver Associates assist with your next round of negotiations.