GMB v Home Group Limited - union recognition: workplace ballot or postal ballot? - CAC 17.8.07

GMB sought recognition of a bargaining unit of staff at Home Group. The Central Arbitration Committee established that the majority of workers constituting the bargaining unit were not union members and so arranged for a secret ballot to assess support for union recognition. In deciding between that this should be a postal ballot rather than a workplace ballot the CAC noted that the TULR(C)A requirements obliged it to take into account (1) the likelihood of malpractice or unfairness with a workplace ballot, (2) costs and practicality and (3) any other appropriate matters.

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