Although the collective agreement itself is not applicable, many of the negotiated terms relate to wages, conditions, leave, pensions, etc. These conditions are included in a worker`s employment contract (whether the worker is unionized or not); and the employment contract is of course applicable. If the new conditions are not acceptable to individuals, they may be contrary to their employer; but if the majority of workers have agreed, the company will be able to dismiss the complainants, usually unpunished. Under common law, Ford v. A.U.E.F. , , the courts found once that collective agreements were not binding. Second, the Industrial Relations Act, introduced by Robert Carr (Minister of Labour in Edward Heath`s office), provided in 1971 that collective agreements were binding, unless a written contractual clause indicated otherwise. Following the fall of the Heath government, the law was struck down to reflect the tradition of the British labour relations policy of legal abstention from labour disputes. Nevertheless, a party`s insistence on a certain contract term is not necessarily an unfair labour practice. The NRL and the courts that review and enforce their orders are not prepared to replace their judgment with that of the parties and will not judge the content of the collective agreements (NLRB/American National Insurance Co., 343 U.S. 395, 72 P. Ct.
824, 96 L Ed. 1027 ). Moreover, the use of „economic weapons“, such as pressure tactics, picketing and strikes to force bargaining concessions, is not necessarily a negotiation in bad faith (NLRB v. Insurance Agents` International Union, 361 U.S. 477, 80 P. Ct. 419, 4 L Ed. 2d 454 ). In Finland, collective agreements are of general application.
This means that a collective agreement in an industry becomes a general legal minimum for an individual`s employment contract, whether or not he or she is unionized. For this condition to apply, half of the workers in this sector must be unionized and therefore support the agreement. The NNRA regulates labour relations only for companies involved in intergovernmental trade; it therefore does not protect the interests of collective agreements of all categories of workers. Several categories of employers are located outside the NRL, including those working for the U.S. government and its companies, states and their political divisions, railroads and airlines. The NNRA also does not protect certain types of workers, such as agricultural workers. B, independent contractors and managers. But other federal and regional laws often offer protection to workers outside the NRL. For example, federal employees have the right to bargain collectively under the Public Service Reform Act 1978, which is largely inspired by the NRA and enforced by the Federal Labour Relations Board.