The Engineering Employers’ Federation and CBI have warned of potential ‘new burdens on business’ arising from the government’s Fairness at Work White Paper.
The proposals, covering statutory union recognition, are due to be implemented this autumn.
Both bodies are opposed in particular to three proposals in the White Paper which have the TUC’s backing. These are automatic right to union recognition where there is majority membership, abolition of the upper limit on unfair dismissal awards and the right to union representation in a grievance procedure.
While supporting the general principle of fairness at work, the EEF expressed concern at ‘unnecessary burdens which will be imposed, especially on small companies’.
The CBI also warned that the small firms threshold of 20 employees is lower than it should be.
The EEF and CBI both called for a ballot of employees to ensure that they can demonstrate their wish to have a trade union bargain on their behalf.