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Trade union recognition: local authority

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Consultant author: Laurie Anstis


  • There is a well-developed and long-established structure of industrial relations "machinery" in local government. (See Framework of industrial relations in local government)
  • In establishing local arrangements for collective bargaining in a multi-union environment, authorities should ensure that the constitution of formal negotiating bodies is clear as to whether there has to be unanimous agreement on the union side or whether other arrangements apply.