A bargaining representative is a person or organisation that each party to an enterprise agreement may appoint to represent them during the bargaining process. Bargaining representatives can be employer-appointed or appointed by any employee who is covered by the proposed agreement.
The role of a bargaining representative is to represent the parties involved in the negotiation: that mean the University of Tasmania (the employer) and you (the employees covered by the proposed Enterprise Agreement.)
One of the first steps in the enterprise agreement bargaining process is the issuing by the employer (the University of Tasmania) of the notice of employee representational rights (NERR) to relevant employees.
The purpose of the NERR is to inform employees that:
- Their employer has commence bargaining with respect to the terms of an enterprise agreement; and
- They have the right to appoint a bargaining representative to represent their interests during the bargaining process, and in any proceedings that may occur before the Fair Work Commission with respect to the bargaining process.
If you would like to obtain more information about the role and process to nominate a bargaining representative, please email: Enterprise.Agreement@utas.edu.au