United Kingdom - GMB celebrates Lidl victory - May 31, 2017
GMB, the trade union that organises supermarket distribution centre workers, scored a huge victory against Lidl after the low-cost supermarket’s bid to deny its workers union representation failed. On 4 May 2017, the Court of Appeal has thrown out the company’s attempts to overturn a ruling ordering them to allow staff trade union representation. Last year the CAC, the independent tribunal with statutory powers over trade union recognition, dismissed Lidl’s attempts to block warehouse operatives employed at the company’s Bridgend distribution centre from having a union represent their interests. The High Court then upheld the CAC’s decision in August. And now the Court of Appeal again confirmed the right of GMB to ballot members for recognition within the company after the supermarket's objections were thrown out.
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