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hrm

responsible for managing the relationship between employees and the business
- represent employer in regards to workplace issues
- may act as bridge between employee and management
- represent the employer in negotiations for wages and conditions
- ensure agreements are negotiated in good faith and all legal requirements are adhered to
- arrange the employee vote on proposed arrangement
- arrange for eba to be approved by fwc
- implement awards and eba at workplace
- participate in resolution of workplace disputes
- liase with employer associations, unions and the fair work commission on behalf of management

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employees

to work towards the achievement of business objectives by carrying out their duties in a professional manner that does not put the business or other employees at risk
- participate in negotiation of workplace agreements directly or indirectly through representatives by raising issues they wish to see included or excluded
- vote on proposed agreements
- may be involved in industrial action if requirements

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trade unions

- offer advice, support and representation to member employees in relation to workplace issues
- often represent employees during the negotiation of eba or during dispute
- members elect shop steward to represent them and offer advice and support regularly, shop steward is then supported by trade union
- on a larger scale unions will represent workers by putting submissions to the fwc in relation to issues such as minimum wage hearings, award reviews and changes to penalty rates etc

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employer associations

organisations which represent the employers in relation to workplace relations issues
- associations will offer advice and assistance and support and representation to member businesses
- may assist employers by representing them during neg of new agreement or in settling a workplace dispute
- on a larger scale employer associations will put submissions to the FWC in relation to employers interests such as minimum wage hearings, award reviews, changes to penalty rates in industries etc

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Fair work commision

independent workplace relations tribunal responsible for implementing the fair work act of 2009
- sets and reviews awards for wages and conditions every 4 years
- sets minimum wage rate annually
- approves collective enterprise bargaining
- approves protected industrial action during negotiations of enterprise agreements where negotiations have broken down
- hears unfair dismissal cases
- hears disputes between employers and employees in relation to workplace relations issues where they have not been settles by other means