In Massey v UNIFI  IRLR 902 CA, the Court of Appeal has increased the compensation awarded by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) in a case where a trade union unjustifiably disciplined one of its members.
In GMB v Hamm, the EAT held that it was "reasonably practicable" for a trade union member complaining of unlawful expulsion from his trade union to bring his claim within the statutory time period, and the claim should not, therefore, have been allowed to proceed.
Removal of a shop steward's accreditation under a recognition agreement was action short of dismissal taken against him "as an individual", according to the EAT in F W Farnsworth Ltd v McCoid, thereby allowing him to claim that the action was taken for the purpose of preventing or deterring him from taking part in trade union activities or penalising him for doing so.
In Speciality Care plc v Pachela and another, the EAT holds that it remains correct that a complaint of unfair dismissal by reason of trade union membership should be determined not only by reference to whether the complainant had simply joined a union, but also by reference to whether the introduction of union representation into the employment relationship had led the employer to dismiss him or her.
In Bass Taverns Ltd v Burgess, the Court of Appeal holds that a shop steward who resigned after he was demoted for making disparaging remarks about the employer to trainee managers was unfairly constructively dismissed for taking part in trade union activities at an appropriate time.
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