Can employees make anonymous requests to negotiate an information and consultation agreement?
Yes, employees can make anonymous requests to negotiate an agreement under the Information and Consultation of Employees Regulations 2004 (SI 2004/3426). To remain anonymous, the employees should send their request to the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC). They must still provide their names on the request, but the CAC will not forward them to the employer. The CAC will notify the employer as soon as reasonably practicable that the request has been made, and request from the employer the information that it needs to check the number and names of the employees making the request. The employer may in the previous six months have received one or more requests that did not meet the 2% threshold directly from employees. If this is the case it is advisable that it provide the CAC with the names of employees who have made previous requests in order to avoid double counting. The CAC will then compare the information provided by the employer with the list of employees making the request, and inform both the employer and the employees how many employees have made the request via the CAC on the basis of the information provided by each.