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TUC WARNS OF RECOGNITION BALLOT

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The Trades Union Congress has criticised procedures contained in the Employment Relations Act, due to come into for...
The Trades Union Congress has criticised procedures contained in the Employment Relations Act, due to come into force this spring, reports The Financial Times (p2).

The TUC fears that the government has been overly influenced by employer lobbying in drawing up its proposed code of practice on access to employees during ballots on union recognition and derecognition.

The main criticism concerns the amount of time that a union will have to access to a workplace before a recognition ballot begins.

Under the government's proposals, the independent Central Arbitration Committee is required to give notice to the employer and the union it intends to arrange for the holding of a ballot.

The TUC fears that the proposed 10-day gap between notification by the CAC to a company of the proposed ballot and the time unions are to be provided with limited access to the workplace before the ballot gives an opportunity for a hostile employer to try and persuade or intimidate employees before the unions' arrival to oppose recognition.
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