The AMWU has started, together with another union, to organize concentration groups and introductory courses for the company`s employees at some larger sites, with some encouraging results. AUSTRALIA: IMF-Australia member organizations AMWU and AWU recently reached an agreement with three other unions on constructive relations with the French company. Under the agreement, Thales recognises that “staff at all levels and regardless of professional function, engaged directly or indirectly, have the right to join and be represented by the corresponding trade union, which implies the right to bargain collectively in good faith and to have adequate trade union representation and information in the workplace”. Thales also expects and encourages its other partners, i.e.: With regard to workers` right to body formation and collective bargaining, contractors must also respect workers` rights. Thales employs a total of 3,800 people in Australia at more than 35 locations. About 2,200 are covered by the collective agreements in force. The remaining 1,600 are mostly employees covered by individual contracts under the common law or with expired collective agreements, and most of them are not unionized. The company`s stated intention is to work over time towards a single national agreement covering all employees. This is an important step forward in a company that has been hostile to unions during Australia`s eleven-year conservative government. Read our 2016-2019 Enterprise Agreement to learn about the terms and conditions of employment of our employees.

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