Employers fear access rules will favour unions

first_imgEmployers fear access rules will favour unionsOn 21 Mar 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Employers are becoming increasingly concerned at the sweeping proposedrights of access for unions to company facilities during recognition campaigns.Under proposals currently out to consultation unions will have the right touse the company intranet and meeting rooms at least as much as the employer todiscuss the recognition issue.Martin Warren, partner at law firm Eversheds, said he is aware of dozens ofcompanies concerned about this principle of equality of access.”There is concern about elevating third-party union communication tothe same level as direct employer-employee communications,” Warren said.He is advising employers to avoid a compulsory ballot at all costs, becauseit is only once the statutory process begins that the union would gain formalrights.”Employers thinking about bringing forward communication campaignsshould do so, rather than leave the real debate until the ballot is ordered.They can have the debate before the union has the right of access.”The Employers’ Forum on Statute and Practice protested at the requirement inthe draft code of conduct to seek an agreement with a union over rights ofaccess.”This seems to pre-judge the outcome,” said chief executive RobbieGilbert. “You have to begin by endeavouring to achieve an agreement, when thewhole process is one where the employer does not feel this is appropriate – orit would not have reached this stage.”Compulsory recognition legislation is due to come into effect in May,although Personnel Today has learned that implementation may slip to 1 June.Tensions are likely to be particularly high at inward investors in Wales andScotland, where there is high union membership, but the parent company isanti-union.Consultation on the proposals for access during recognition closed this week.By Philip Whiteleywww.dti.gov.uk/ir/consultz.htm Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img

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