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  • Most unions in Australia are registered under the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 (Cth) (FWRO Act).
    May 01, 2012
  • Registration under the FWRO Act or State legislation makes the union a separate legal entity from its members, like a company, and allows unions to participate in the statutory framework regulating industrial relations.
    May 01, 2012
  • Registered unions must follow certain accountability and management standards.
    May 01, 2012
  • Unions cover 15% – 20% of the Australian workforce. Each union has eligibility rules that determine who can become members.
    May 01, 2012
  • The following table lists the key unions registered under the FWRO Act and provides examples of the types of workers they cover.
    May 01, 2012
  • A coverage or demarcation dispute is when unions compete for the same members because more than one union has coverage rights over one workplace.
    May 01, 2012
  • All unions contain a number of key representatives, including the following.
    May 01, 2012
  • If a union has coverage over some of your employees, the union can become involved in a range of matters affecting your workplace.
    May 01, 2012
  • If a union becomes a bargaining representative for employees who are to be covered by a proposed enterprise agreement, the union can seek the intervention of the FWC in the following five ways.
    May 01, 2012
  • Union officials can have the right to enter your workplace, under three types of legislation.
    May 01, 2012
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