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Hamilton v GMB Union (Northern Region) - Tribunal member should have stood down because of appearance of bias [2006] EAT

Mr Hamilton, a branch secretary of the GMB, was disciplined by the GMB for acting contrary to union policy. The union decided that it would not necessarily press for full compensation for women members in equal pay cases since this might lead to redundancies and a reduction in pay for other union members. Some women felt aggrieved and instructed the law firm of solicitor Stefan Cross to seek full compensation. Mr Hamilton's wife was one of these and she encouraged others to do so. Mr Hamilton denied he was party to this but the GMB disciplinary body found against him.

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