The TUC has welcomed the Central Arbitration Committee’s
annual report and claims it shows the union recognition law is working well.
John Monks, TUC general secretary, said the CAC, the body
responsible for enforcing the union recognition procedures in the Employment
Relations Act had acted as an effective deterrent.
“Today’s report shows the new legal procedure has bedded
down well. The CAC has got off to a good start in this new role. The predictions
that this new law would lead to industrial disruption have been proved wrong.
“And the real success of the new law is in the number of
cases that are resolved voluntarily long before they need to reach the CAC and
its legal procedures. This is one law that has acted as a deterrent. Most
employers know there is no point in denying their workforce a voice through
their union when a clear majority wish it,” said Monks.