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A Learning Agreement is an agreement between the employer and the union(s) that the employer recognises. It will layout how the union learning agenda in that company will proceed, and normally includes such items as:
Learning Agreements are relatively new and therefore not every work place will have one yet. To find out if there is a Learning Agreement at your work place ask a Company Council (Central Negotiating Committee or Port Authority) member.
All learning agreements have to be negotiated through the normal machinery. Usually, this will be done by the Negotiating Officers, Company Council (Port Authority or Central Negotiating Committee), and senior HR management.
Where there are already RULRs/ULRs in place, their knowledge is invaluable for creating a successful Learning Agreement. However, RULRs/ULRs are not trained in negotiations and do not negotiate company wide Learning Agreements.