TGWU claims victory over Kwit-Fit collective bargaining

The
Transport and General Workers Union is claiming an important court victory in
its fight for recognition at Kwik-Fit, reports Ananova.

The
website said three Appeal Court judges have backed the union rather than the
company over a dispute which centred on how to define an area for the purposes
of collective bargaining.

The
TGWU wanted to have the whole of London within the M25 motorway considered a
bargaining unit under the terms of trade union recognition rules.

The
company operated two structure divisions within the M25, but the T&G said
one bargaining unit was compatible with effective management, as defined in
law.

Kwik-Fit
refused to recognise the union’s suggested area, and the matter went to the
Central Arbitration Committee, an independent body set up to a adjudicate on
union recognition disputes.

The
CAC ruled in the union’s favour, but in February a High Court judge quashed the
ruling and ordered a different CAC panel to think again.

The
CAC took the case to the appeal court, where the High Court decision was
reversed.

More
than 650 Kwik-Fit staff at 110 centres should now be eligible to vote in a
ballot on whether they should be represented by the union.

By Quentin Reade

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