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Contemporary British Industrial Relations, 1st Edition by Sid Kessler, Fred Bayliss (auth.)

By Sid Kessler, Fred Bayliss (auth.)

An exam of up to date British commercial relatives from the early post-war many years (1945-70) to the current. The publication appears to be like on the courting among the legislations and commercial family and corporation and administration options within the deepest sector.

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The employer must further consider any representations made by the union and reply, stating reasons, if rejecting them. These, too, continue to be in force. Schedule 11 of the EPA replaced section 8 of the 1959 Terms and Conditions of Employment Act and indeed extended it, so that employers or independent trade unions, representing a substantial proportion of the employers or employees in the trade or industry, could bring a claim to the CAC that an employer was not observing the recognised terms and conditions of employment or was paying less than 'the general level' in the trade or industry where there were no recognised terms and conditions.

With the position becoming critical, the government set up a Court of Inquiry under Lord Wilberforce who reported with great speed, recommending a very substantial pay increase and improvements in other terms and conditions (Wilberforce Report, 1972). The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) did not accept the Wilberforce Report immediately, although the government did. Further negotiations took place with the government, which resulted in a settlement in which the NUM won further concessions. The NUM's success meant the end of the government's N -1 policy.

The CIR was given statutory powers to deal 26 Contemporary British Industrial Relations with union recognition disputes. However, the Act made post-entry 'closedshop' agreements void and sought to make pre-entry closed-shop agreements unenforceable by giving workers the right to belong or not to belong to any union, and by making it an 'unfair industrial practice' to prevent anyone from exercising this choice. As an alternative, an 'agency shop' could be established under which employees had to join the union, or pay the union the equivalent of its subscription in lieu of membership, or pay the equivalent sum to charity (CIR, 1973a).

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