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Prospect (ALAE) v Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd


Central Arbitration Committee

In a decision dated 19 March 2010 the Central Arbitration Committee has decided that the bargaining unit proposed by the Union was an appropriate one within the meaning of section 19B(1)-(4) of Schedule A1 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act, 1992.
The bargaining unit found to be appropriate is all the line and hangar based engineering staff based at London Heathrow and London Gatwick airports which comprises maintenance supervisors, certifying engineers and technicians. The Union was represented before the CAC by Ian Scott, a member of Old Square Chambers Employment Group.
It now remains to be decided whether there is a need for a ballot of the workers within the bargaining unit to establish whether the Union should be recognised for collective bargaining purposes or whether recognition should be granted without a ballot on the basis of evidence that the Union already has a majority membership within the bargaining unit.


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