The Central Arbitration Committee (CAC) has declared that our union should be recognised. What happens now?

Your union and employer have 30 days (or longer if they agree) to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement.

If there is no agreement, either party may apply to the CAC to assist.

If that doesn't result in agreement, the CAC can impose a legally enforceable procedure – effectively a legally binding contract on the parties specifying the method of collective bargaining.

If the agreement is imposed in this way, the law limits the scope of recognition to bargaining over 'pay, hours and holidays', although there is nothing to stop the parties from voluntarily agreeing a wider range of issues.

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.