Court of Appeal Restricts Effectiveness of Trade Union Negotiation

In 2002 the European Court of Human Rights decided the case of Wilson v UK and found that UK trade union legislation was contrary the Article 11 of the  European Convention on Human Rights - in particular, at paragraph 48 of Wilson the ECHR found that by permitting employers to use financial incentives to induce … Continue reading Court of Appeal Restricts Effectiveness of Trade Union Negotiation

So far as may be Lawful

In a recent provocative article for The Guardian the Unite General Secretary Len McCluskey explains the background to a recent Rules change in the Union's constitution that could pave the way for a major showdown with the the next Government (if Conservative led) over its trade union legislation. It is worth posting in it's entirety, … Continue reading So far as may be Lawful

Viral Voting and Union Barons

Whenever there is any critical comment on trade unions in the UK mainstream express two words will inexorably find their way into the headline: "Union" and "baron"; especially by titles such The Telegraph, Daily Express, Daily Mail and even the BBC. It is an unfair term designed to present unions as run by unaccountable leaders. … Continue reading Viral Voting and Union Barons

ACAS Code of Practice after Toal v GB Oils

In 2013 the Employment Appeal Tribunal delivered its important judgement on trade union rights in Toal v GB Oils. The case was in the interpretation of the right of a worker to be accompanied at a disciplinary or grievance meeting by a trade union representative of their choosing. Section 10(2) of the Employment Relations Act … Continue reading ACAS Code of Practice after Toal v GB Oils

Why trade union elections are expensive

The reason the PCS Union NEC cancelled suspended elections this year is because of the financial cost. The figure given is that the cost to the Union is £590,000, it is not known how much of that comprises the cost of the NEC elections. Let us say however, that it is £300,000 (half the total). … Continue reading Why trade union elections are expensive

PCS Elections: Round Up

UPDATE - 07 Feb Since the last post the following articles have been posted: Howie Fuller (the now ex-PCS member) writes about the leak of the NEC memo. Rob Williams writes on the Socialist Party's website that PCS had "no option but to implement emergency measures to ensure the ongoing viability of the union." Worker's … Continue reading PCS Elections: Round Up

The PCS Union’s Suspension of Elections: A Preliminary View

The decision of the PCS National Executive Committee ‘to suspend’ elections in 2015 has, rightly, proved a controversial one which has generated a lot of debate. The campaign website PCS Democracy Deferred has made a forceful case that the NEC decision is in breach of the union Rules and, further, that members may find a … Continue reading The PCS Union’s Suspension of Elections: A Preliminary View