National Union of Tailors & Garment Workers v Charles Ingram & Co Ltd [1978] 1 All E.R. 1271

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National Union of Tailors & Garment Workers v Charles Ingram & Co Ltd [1978] 1 All E.R. 1271 is an Employment Law case concerning Trade Unions and Industrial Action.

Facts:

The employer and trade union negotiated over a long period of time. Moreover, the relations between the two sides was good, although nothing ‘dramatic’ happened. Subsequently, in notifying the Employment Department of its proposal to make the workers redundant, the company had stated that the Tailors’ Union was a recognised union. Nonetheless, there was no express agreement that evinced this. Therefore, the company claimed that there was no evidence to show that the trade union was recognised

Issue: 

Consequently, the key issue in National Union of Tailors & Garment Workers v Charles Ingram & Co Ltd was whether or not the trade union was ‘recognised’ by the company? 

Held:

Overall, the Employment Appeal Tribunal held that the trade union was recognised by the company despite there being no expressed agreement. 

References: [1978] 1 All E.R. 1271, [1977] 2 WLUK 159, [1977] I.C.R. 530, [1977] I.R.L.R. 147, (1977) 12 I.T.R. 285, [1977] C.L.Y. 3083

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