Incorporation of collective agreements

Fiona Cuming

Editor's message: A collective agreement is an agreement between a trade union and an employer covering matters such as pay and terms and conditions. According to the most recent report of the Office of National Statistics, the proportion of employees covered by a collective agreement is 16.1% in the private sector and 60.7% in the public sector.

Terms may be incorporated into a contract of employment by reference to a collective agreement, either expressly or impliedly.

Where a collective agreement has been incorporated, the individual employment contract will change automatically if a term is varied by agreement between the employer and the union.

Fiona Cuming, employment law editor

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