The author is an active arbitrator and mediator. He is a barrister and solicitor in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Judicature, England, and a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.
Why are collective agreements so poorly written? Isn't it more sensible to make collective agreements, which affect so many people, easy to understand?
There are several reasons why many collective agreements continue to be written in an obscure manner, but in most cases they are not valid. In the December 1991 Arbitration Journal I penned an article on "Writing Arbitral Awards in Plain Language." Following are suggestions on how to turn collective agreements into plain language as well.