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Conditions of Employment

Question for Department for Business and Trade

UIN 153975, tabled on 27 February 2023

To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if the Government will set a target for collective bargaining coverage of above 90 per cent.

Answered on

8 March 2023

In the UK, collective bargaining is largely a matter for individual employers, their employees and their trade unions. Most collective bargaining in the UK takes place because employers have voluntarily agreed to recognise a trade union and bargain with it.

Where an employer refuses to recognise a union voluntarily, the union can apply to the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC) for statutory union recognition. This will be granted so long as the union can demonstrate majority support in the workplace.

The Government believes this democratic approach is more appropriate than setting a target for collective bargaining coverage.