National Union of Gold, Silver and Allied Trades v Albury Brothers Ltd [1978] I.R.L.R. 504

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National Union of Gold, Silver and Allied Trades v Albury Brothers Ltd [1978] I.R.L.R. 504 is an Employment Law case concerning Trade Unions and Industrial Action. 

Facts:

The employer had ‘exploratory’ discussions with a view to recognising the trade union. Moreover, despite the employer’s association recognising the union, the employer himself had not actually recognised the union. As a result, the union asserted that the employer allegedly broke the collective agreement. However, the employer disagreed with the union’s claim.

Issue: 

However, the main issue in National Union of Gold, Silver and Allied Trades v Albury Brothers Ltd was whether or not the employer ‘recognised’ the union.

Held:

Overall, the Employment Appeal Tribunal held that the employer had not recognised the trade union. Therefore, recognition by an employers’ association did not constitute ‘recognition’ by the company.

References: [1978] 7 WLUK 152, [1979] I.C.R. 84, [1978] I.R.L.R. 504, (1978) 122 S.J. 662, [1979] C.L.Y. 2713