What rights does a union have when it is recognised?

If the union is an independent union (i.e. has a certificate of independence issued by the Certification Officer) a number of legal rights follow. These include the right to:

  • disclosure of information by the employer for collective bargaining purposes;
  • reasonable paid time off for union officials to carry out union duties;
  • reasonable paid time off for union learning reps (URLS) to carry out their duties;
  • reasonable unpaid time off for members to carry out union activities;
  • appoint a union safety rep;
  • appoint safety committee representatives;
  • consultation prior to redundancy; and
  • consultation prior to business transfers.

There are Acas Codes of Practice on Disclosure of Information (PDF, 475KB) and Time Off for Union Duties (PDF, 930KB), which give more detail.

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