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What rights do trade unions have?
What is the significance of an employer recognising a trade union?
Can an employer inadvertently recognise a trade union?
Under what conditions can a trade union apply for compulsory recognition?
What happens if an independent union makes a formal written request for recognition?
At what point would the Central Arbitration Committee become involved in the trade union recognition process?
Can a union compel an employer to recognise it?
If the employer voluntarily recognises a union, it can
derecognise it at any time. A compulsory recognition agreement set up following
application to the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC) cannot, however, be
terminated by the employer for at least three years. However, in the event that
circumstances change during the three-year period, the employer can apply to
the CAC to end the collective bargaining arrangements.
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