From time-to-time unions need advice about their own internal governance, including questions arising from the interpretation and application of their rule book and on the requirements for elections for various positions under their rules and the relevant statutory provisions. We have long and wide experience in advising on these issues.
Many industrial and legal benefits flow to the union and its members from formal recognition and having a certificate of independence.
In most cases recognition is achieved voluntarily with employers who recognise the benefits of maintaining good and constructive relations with unions representing their employees.
In cases where employers need some additional persuasion to enter into a recognition agreement there is now a statutory route through which, in certain circumstances, an independent trade union may apply for recognition as the bargaining body for a group of workers in respect of pay, hours and holidays and, if necessary have the Central Arbitration Committee adjudicate on whether or not to award recognition.
We are able to advise and assist at all stages of this process.