United Kingdom -Cinema workers get a binding agreement -August 03, 2015

Trade union members at the Rio Centre (Dalston) Limited went to the CAC (Central Arbitration Committee) in March 2015 and formally won the right to collective union representation for their chosen bargaining unit, covering all staff except the Chief Executive. During the following negotiations the delegations were unable to reach agreement over the method for collective bargaining. The CAC heard and discussed the arguments put by the Board in defence of their method and, in particular, their request that the contents and existence of the agreement should remain confidential. The CAC pointed out that agreements of this kind are public documents and not generally perceived as sensitive information. The CAC then ruled to impose the CAC’s own ‘specified method’ which is a legally binding contract. If one party believes the other is failing to respect the method, the first party may apply to the court for an order of specific performance, ordering the other party to comply with the method. Failure to comply with such an order can constitute contempt of court.

English: https://www.bectu.org.uk/news …

For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the communications officer at the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova mnikolova@etui.org. For previous issues of the Collective bargaining newsletter please visit http://www.etui.org/E-Newsletters/Collective-bargaining-newsletter. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net.

 

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