Help ILO tripartite voters collect data on labour relations, including union affiliation, reports on collective agreements and strikes and lockouts. It is important to note that after the conclusion of a KBA, both the employer and the union are required to respect this agreement. Therefore, an employer should retain the assistance of a lawyer before participating in collective bargaining. The definition of a collective agreement is contained in the Participation Act, which stipulates that a collective agreement is a written agreement between employers` organizations or an employer, on the one hand, and a workers` organization, on the other, which regulates the conditions of employment or the relationship between the employer and the worker. An agreement is considered written if its contents are recorded in approved minutes or if a proposal for agreement and acceptance are recorded in separate documents. Oral agreements or agreements that do not concern the relationship between the employer and the workers are not considered a collective agreement. If there is no CAD, you will need an individual agreement with your employer on working conditions, preferably in writing. The rules established by law form the basis of this agreement, that is, the employment contract. It is not mandatory, but most Dutch companies reimburse workers for the cost of commuting. In the collectieve arbeidsovereenkomst – CAD (collective employment contract), in company regulations or in your employment contract, you will find the rules in force.
The right to collective bargaining is recognized by international human rights conventions. Article 23 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights describes the ability to organize fundamental human rights unions.  Point 2 (a) of the International Labour Organization`s statement on fundamental principles and rights in the workplace defines « freedom of association and effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining » as an essential worker`s right.  The 1948 Convention on Freedom of Association and the Protection of the Right to Organization (C087) and several other conventions protect collective bargaining in particular by creating international labour standards that deter countries from violating workers` right to co-association and collective bargaining.  Unia has 265 collective agreements with employers that protect about 1.3 million workers.