Cases: Employment law

International Transport Worker’s Federation and the Finnish Seamen’s Union v Viking Line (2008) IRLR 143

 Seaboard Airlines entered into a contract with a foreign airline. The employees sought more pay for extra work. Seaboard Airlines refused this. TGWU union conveyed a decision to Seaboard Airlines employees not to do extra work without receiving more pay. Seaboard Airlines complained that this was unfair industrial practice.  Held: The only legitimate practice that…

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University College London Hospitals N.H.S. Trust v. Unison [1999] ICR 204, CA

In this case, the employer refused to enter into negotiations with the trade union on terms that may be imposed on a new employer. The identity of the new employer was not known at the time of the refusal to enter into negotiations with the trade union.  Held: The refusal did not constitute a trade…

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Joshua Wilson & Bros Ltd v Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied [1978] IRLR 120

The employer allowed the ‘shop steward’ to put up a notice publicising a wage increase.  (‘This seems to us an act of recognition with reference to terms and conditions of employment’). The employers recognised a union representative in that they allowed him to collect union dues on the premises.  Held: Despite the employer not recognising…

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Amalgamated Union of Engineering Workers v Sefton Engineering Co Ltd [1976] IRLR 318

Negotiations in relation to two shop stewards of the trade union did not constitute recognition of the trade union. 

Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers v Sketchley Ltd [1981] IRLR 291, [1981] ICR 644

An agreement to consult is not an agreement to negotiate. An agreement to consult does not amount to recognition for collective bargaining. The trade union threatened a strike when it found out about the employer’s ‘damning program’. The trade union called the strike off in return for the employer’s promise to inform it about specific…

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