Breach of union rules/breach of statutory balloting procedures decision: Mathewson v National Union of Mineworkers

Mr Mathewson made seven complaints alleging the union had breached its rules and one complaint of the union’s breach of Chapter IV of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992. Following correspondence, the Certification Officer struck out all eight complaints under section 256ZA(1)(a) of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 on the grounds that they had no reasonable prospect of success and/or were otherwise misconceived. Full decision here: Mathewson

Trade Union legislation allows people to complain about the union using the legislation and dealing with this can be an onerous task for the union. This is the reality of trade unions today, perhaps miners can remember, those who spoke out against using the so called ‘Tory legislation’ to attack trade unions?