Amalgamated Union of Engineering Workers v Sefton Engineering Co [1976] 1 WLUK 270

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Amalgamated Union of Engineering Workers v Sefton Engineering Co [1976] 1 WLUK 270 is an Employment Law case concerning Trade Union and Industrial Action. 

Facts:

Twenty employees were part of Sefton Engineering Co. However, the employer decided to make two of the employees redundant. Moreover, the majority of the employees were part of a Trade Union (AUEW). The AUEW members claimed that Sefton Engineering Co failed to consult the Union about the two redundancies. Nevertheless, Sefton Engineering Co denied this. 

Issue:

The main issue in Amalgamated Union of Engineering Workers v Sefton Engineering Co: 

However, was Sefton Engineering Co liable?

Held: 

Overall, the court held that Sefton Engineering Co was not liable. This was because AUEW was not recognised by Sefton Engineering Co as a trade union. Therefore, the Union’s claim failed. 

References: [1976] 1 WLUK 270, [1976] I.R.L.R. 318, [1976] C.L.Y. 934.3

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