In its annual report published this summer, the Central Arbitration Committee reported a rise in the number of applications for statutory recognition from 28 to 43, thus returning to the level of two years ago. Applications were received from 10 different trade unions and the characteristics of these applications echoed previous years with the prevalence of smaller bargaining units (less than 100 workers) and the majority coming from the manufacturing, transport and communication sectors.

Readers will also recall that the Government is to merge the CAC and the Certification Officer. The report confirms that the merger will require secondary legislation, yet to be published. 

Read the CAC annual report