Trade Union Recognition

Trade Union Recognition

The scenario


The Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians (UCATT) made an application to the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC) for compulsory recognition for collective bargaining purposes against our client.


This was contested by our client who did not support UCATT’s claims for recognition over the relevant part of the workforce.


Our approach


We provided extensive legal and tactical advice and support on how to dispute the validity of the application.


This included taking into account the highly complex and technical legal rules under Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 and the wider industrial relations issues.


We advised and prepared the necessary correspondence with the CAC for our client to defend and argue their position that the application was flawed and failed to meet the applicable legal tests.


This included seeking, collating and presenting all necessary evidence to counteract the arguments being made by UCATT.


The outcome


We were successful in defeating three successive applications.


This was achieved by a combination of technical expertise coupled to the marshalling and presentation of key factual evidence.


How we can help


Brachers’ employment team are able to assist with all employment related matters. Please contact a member of our employment team for further advice.

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