How to deal with trade union derecognition
Author: Martin Warren
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- Be aware that different derecognition procedures apply depending on whether the recognition agreement was reached on a voluntary-recognition, semi-voluntary or compulsory basis.
- Be aware of the types of situation that might lead to derecognition being desirable.
- Appreciate that, while derecognising a union recognised under a voluntary or semi-voluntary agreement is comparatively straightforward, where recognition has been imposed by the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC), the matter is more complicated.
- Take into account that there are three methods of ending CAC-imposed recognition: the small employer exemption; an employer request to end bargaining arrangements; or a worker request to end the arrangements.
- Remember that rights acquired by the workers within the bargaining unit might be protected.