Senior executives and HR are at odds over how to handle union recognition
bids under the Employment Relations Act 1999, according to research.
More than half of all companies try to resist recognition through a variety
of tactics, despite the statutory framework, according to the study by
Cambridge University’s MIT Institute.
But the opposition is coming from senior management, not HR.
"Three-quarters of firms resisting unions do so because senior
executives oppose recognition. Only a fraction of HR professionals agree,"
said Sarah Oxenbridge, at a London conference last month.