Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Sir Michael Burton, a high court judge with a track record in high-profile industrialdisputes, has been appointed as the new chairman of the Central ArbitrationCommittee.As the CAC prepares for a major role in the forthcoming battles over unionrecognition, the choice of Burton to head the organisation is believed to bemaking some in the union movement uneasy.Sir Michael acted for News International during the Wapping dispute and forNottinghamshire miners who refused to take part in the 1984-85 strike.A spokeswoman for the TUC said, “Our preference was for someone with abackground in industrial relations. However we recognise that there is a casefor having a judicial figure.”Although Sir Michael’s appointment has been widely trailed, the Departmentof Trade and Industry this week refused to confirm the decision. In the 1970s,Sir Michael stood for Labour as a council candidate. If the appointment is confirmed, he will replace Sir John Wood, who retiredlast summer.The CAC will rule on union recognition claims when new legislation comesinto force later this year. It has previously been restricted to cases whereemployees claim they have not been informed of redundancy plans.This week some flesh has been put on the bones of the CAC’s positionfollowing the publication of a DTI consultation paper on union recognition.If there is a disagreement on arrangements for union access to staff duringa recognition or derecognition ballot, either side can first go to Acas. But if there is deadlock the CAC may be asked to assist and if an agreementstill cannot be brokered the CAC has the power to make an order.By Helen Rowe High-profile judge set to take committee top jobOn 15 Feb 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.