Amicus the Union

Amicus the Union

April 16, 2007 11:33 ET

Amicus awarded recognition at printers

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - April 16, 2007) - The Central Arbitration Committee (CAC) has declared a binding decision on printing company G & H Web Offset Ltd in Liverpool to recognise Amicus for collective bargaining rights.

Amicus took its case to the CAC, the government body which adjudicates on union recognition, after the company refused to negotiate a voluntary recognition agreement with the union even though it had in excess of 50% of the workforce in union membership.

The CAC ruled that the company must recognise Amicus to represent its members for collective bargaining following a membership check that showed that over 77% of the workforce were union members, well over the 50%+1 required under legislation.

Commenting on the CAC decision Amicus Head of Organising, Bernard Rutter, said: "This case should have been settled without a CAC hearing given the high level of union membership. The reps worked hard to build up our membership and tried to persuade the management to enter into voluntary discussions.

"We hope that the company will now work with Amicus to negotiate a proper recognition agreement that will be beneficial to both the management and our members."

The CAC awarded recognition without a ballot and both parties will meet with a view of reaching an agreement before 21st May 2007.

Contact Information

  • Bernard Rutter
    07979 630962
    Ashraf Choudhury
    Amicus Press Office
    020 7420 8914 or 07980 224761.