Unions cautious on recognition disputes

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. The first disputed cases of statutory union recognition have come at aslower rate than expected, as unions exercise caution. Sir Michael Burton, chairman of the Central Arbitration Committee, whichmediates in contested recognition cases, said it had had only 10 applicationsin the four months of its new powers. When the CAC came into force with the union recognition section of theEmployment Relations Act in June, it was planning for up to 150 cases in thefirst year. The CAC has nine deputy chairmen and 32 members representingemployers and employees. There has been a major expansion of both committeemembers and staff to take on the expected workload. “We are delighted with this as it will ease us into our task lessfrenetically then we had feared,” said Burton. “Probably the reasonfor it is the enormous number of voluntary agreements, probably into thethousands.” Unions are being cautious in the cases they bring to the CAC because theprocess is complex and the three-year bar is a powerful incentive to unions toget their application as well prepared as possible. “Either way, I expect the pace to quicken through the autumn.” Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Unions cautious on recognition disputesOn 1 Nov 2000 in Personnel Todaylast_img