Employers who use a letter of employment offers with senior managers may be required to offer the employee a letter of offer that presents many of the same elements that you would find in a formal employment contract. Many executives prefer a lawyer who negotiates an employment contract that defines all the agreements in detail. In addition to the minimum superannuation requirements mentioned above, an employer and an employee may agree that the employer pays more superannuation, or accept a contract term that the employer pays the amount of the Superannuation Guarantee. There is no reason why such an agreement cannot be included in an individual agreement as a duration. However, the additional commitment is not managed by the Commissioner for Taxation. It shall apply in the same way as any other provision of the individual agreement. 28 Although there are many opportunities to negotiate working time and development, the other three topics have been much less negotiated. With regard to the contract, almost all respondents indicate that a standard employment contract will be offered to them on the basis of the collective agreement upon entry into the organization. However, employees from a certain salary level can opt for what is called a “production contract”.
In a production contract, employees are paid to meet their performance goals rather than for the standard number of hours. In exchange for fewer days off, they receive 8.5% more salary. Nevertheless, many workers do not see the choice between a production contract or a standard contract with fixed hours. Whatever the contract, they feel compelled to achieve their goals, whether or not they take long hours. 19Telecom, insurance and, to a lesser extent, metallurgy all have agreements that are quite typical of changes in collective bargaining, i.e. new types of frameworks and tailor-made agreements developed in the Netherlands over the last ten years (Huiskamp, 2004). The framework and à la carte rules provide for procedures for negotiated employment contracts. For some subjects, agreement with the tutor is a prerequisite, while for other subjects, the individual has free choice.
This largely depends on the consequences for the operating processes. For example, if an employee prefers more working time, the supervisor must adequately assess the workload and workforce for the next period. Will there be work or will there be a risk of overcrowding? Table 2 gives some examples of these procedures. 23 Overall, in the telecommunications, insurance and metallurgy sectors, we found, both in the collective agreement and in the management system, a considerable volume of hierarchical superiors for working time and limited room for manoeuvre for performance targets and wages. As far as contracts and development are concerned, we have seen considerable room for manoeuvre in the field of telecommunications and insurance, but limited margin in metalworking. In consultation with the independent advisers, the supervisor (the director) has little or no authority over all these matters, as he or she has no hierarchical position vis-à-vis the advisers. An individual agreement may take the form of an employment contract under customary law. A single employee negotiating an individual agreement is often at a disadvantage. In general, workers have less bargaining power than employers.
They also often have fewer resources, including knowledge of what they are entitled to under other industrial instruments such as award or certified agreements or applicable conditions with other employers. . . .