Disability both employers and employees, whether individually or represented by trade unions and employers` organizations, have the right to take action in labour courts to request all the clauses of collective labour regulatory agreements that they consider invalid (Article 43, Collective Work Act). In addition, certain administrative and trade union rights are defined. Therefore, if you want to exercise your rights in the workplace, you absolutely need to know and understand what the collective agreement says about those rights. This means treating your collective agreement as an important document. Here are some basic steps you can take to learn more about your collective agreement. Therefore, a good rule of thumb to follow is always try to improve your rights – never sell them short! In certain circumstances, ensure the most favourable interpretation that the collective agreement may provide. Continuity of the Effects of Collective Agreements The normative effect of collective agreements means that their provisions automatically replace provisions in individual employment contracts that are less favourable to workers (Article 14 of the Employment Contracts Act). The content of a new agreement may deteriorate more favourable conditions if these conditions have been included in individual contracts resulting from a previous agreement, replaced by the new agreement (which is now applicable and introduced), provided that the new agreement contains a clause expressly stipulating that it is generally more favourable to workers (i.e. the “pejus derogation” under Article 15 of the Act). The provisions of collective agreements are therefore not a substitute for the provisions of certain contracts if they have been agreed directly between the parties to the individual contract and are more favourable to the worker. In other words, the acquired rights of workers on better terms of employment should not, in principle, be affected by a collective agreement, unless they were acquired on the basis of an earlier agreement, which was replaced by a subsequent agreement that dissolved it and which expressly contained a general clause of greater favour. If this is the case, the “conglobao” principle chosen by law as a criterion of greater ease means that one or the other particular aspect of the general conditions of employees can be aggravated (a situation characterized as infringement of acquired rights by derogation from a previous agreement). In the same article, the law also excludes the possibility of abolishing compulsory legislation or abolishing a certain type of supplementary social benefits.
See also the arbitration award. For example, the employer may argue that only time and half work for certain overtime hours if you consider that you have the right to double the time under the terms of the collective agreement.