Phillips Service Department (Homelectrix Ltd) v National Workers Union
Industrial Disputes Tribunal
No. 4 of 1977
Labour law - Trade Unions — Recognition.
By letter dated 21st March 1977, the Honourable Minister of Labour and Employment in accordance with Section 5, Subsection 3 of the Labour Relations and Industrial Disputes Act, 1975, referred to the Tribunal for settlement, an industrial dispute between Phillips Service Department (Homelectrix Limited) and the National Workers Union.
The Terms of Reference to the Tribunal were as follows:
“To settle the dispute as respects the category of workers of whom the ballot should be taken or the persons who should be eligible to vote in the ballot to determine the claim of the National Workers Union for bargaining rights on behalf of certain categories of workers employed by Phillips Service Department (Homelectrix Limited).”
The division of the Tribunal selected in accordance with Section 8(2) of the Act was–
Dr. John Martin
Mr. J. Murray Harris
Mr. H. Allman
The Employer was represented by–
Mr. Emil George (Legal)
Mr. George Skinner
The Union was represented by–
Mr. Clifton Brown
Written briefs were submitted by the parties and oral submissions made at the two sittings held on the 17th and 20th May 1977.
Background to the dispute
The Union claimed bargaining rights for all the workers of the Phillips Service Department (Homelectrix Limited) at 65 Laws Street, Kingston in the following categories:
RADIO & T.V. TECHNICIANS
STOVE TECHNICIANS SUPERVISOR
The Company objected to the inclusion in the bargaining unit of Receptionists, Cashiers, Supervisors, Sales Clerks and Stock Controller on the grounds that the Phillips Division is only one of the...
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