This is an agreement between you and workers` representatives that covers certain areas for your employees. In most cases, the representative will be a union, but can also be a workers` association. As a broader definition of collective agreements, certain areas that may be covered by an agreement may include physical conditions of employment or working conditions. Although this may be as specific as you assign the work – or hiring, ending and suspending. For example, collective agreements are often used to change the rules set out in the 1998 working time code. The agreement can also define how you conduct future negotiations with representatives. The position is that collective agreements (UK) are not legally binding unless the agreement itself is written and indicates that the parties intend to be legally binding. In Kostal UK Ltd v. Dunkley and others, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) found that an employer offered illegal incentives when attempting to circumvent collective bargaining with a union by offering direct remuneration to its members. One of the objectives of a union is to negotiate with employers on issues concerning its members and other workers. Once a union is recognized in the workplace, its negotiations with the employer are called collective bargaining; these negotiations will focus on the terms of employment. In Kostal UK Ltd v. Dunkley e.a.
 IRLR 428 EAT, the EAT found that the employer had obtained illegal inducements by sending letters to workers asking them to accept a wage contract rejected by their union. The employer`s objective was the “prohibited result” that the conditions of the workers would no longer be set by collective agreement, at least for the following year, when the employer had no intention of effectively de-infighting the union. In cases where a number of employees want recognition from their union, you may need to do so to discuss workers` terms with the union. They may also be legally required to recognize the union by the Central Arbitration Commission. After the recognition, you discuss the conditions with the union. It`s part of the collective agreement. If you reach this point, it forms the collective agreement. The agreement applies to all trade union and union workers in a group or bargaining unit. This means that you cannot fail to give negotiated terms to non-unionized employees.