The paper "Partnership Relationship between UNISON and Vertex " is a good example of a business case study. In the first part of this report, after this introductory section, an explanation of what trade union recognition entails and the process for trade union recognition is outlined. In this section, the meaning of trade union is explored besides determining the basis under which trade unions are formed. The section is capped with a discussion of the impacts; both positive and negative of trade union recognition for both an organization and the employees by highlighting the advantages and disadvantages of trade union recognition.
Section 3 looks at the case of Vertex and its decision to derecognize UNISON before finally recognizing it and even entering into a partnership with the union. The issue of the motivators for Vertex to shift its decision is analysed in this section. In section 5, the role of such partnerships as between Vertex and UNISON is discussed with an emphasis on what partnerships entail along with the advantages and disadvantages that may accompany such partnerships. Section 6 critically analyses the partnership relationship between UNISON and Vertex while evaluating the success of the partnership.
Finally, the report concludes by asserting that partnerships and trade unions are crucial elements in employee relations and consequently organizations must manage them effectively to reap the benefits attributed to them and to avoid the negative aspects that may result from these relationships. Recognition of Trade Unions The Trade Union and labour relations Act (1992) defines a trade union as “ a permanent or temporary organization consisting mainly of workers of one or more descriptions and with the principle purposes including regulating relations between the described workers and their employers or employees” (p.
2). Trade Unions are created to advance and protect various interests of the employees by negotiating their member's employment terms and conditions with employers. Considering that there are many issues that may face employees at work, trade unions offer an alternative voice to the employer's policies, by negotiating various terms on behalf of its members while setting specific guidelines governing workplace rules, safety issues, pay, working hours, holidays among other issues. Trade unions must be recognised by an employer in order to represent a particular group of employees.
Recognition of trade union follows a process that gives the union the legal powers to represent the employees besides providing certain rights to the union including the right to be consulted on various issues and rights on union members and officials to be given time to participate in union activities. Process of Trade Union recognition There are two ways that unions may use to acquire recognition; through a statutory process involving the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC) or by voluntary recognition by the employer.
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