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Financial regulation and the Trade Union Reform and Employment Rights Act 1993

Although the Trade Union and Labour Relations Act 1974 and the Employment Act 1988 imposed a comprehensive regime of financial regulation and a package of rights for members to enforce, further State interference was signalled by the Green Paper, Industrial Relations in the 1990s,90 published in July 1991. The Green Paper noted that ‘... recent events have indicated that these rights are insufficient’ to control financial wrongdoing. This was yet another reference to the effect of the miners’ strike. As a consequence of allegations in the press that NUM funds had been misapplied during the strike, the NUM had appointed Gavin Lightman QC to conduct an inquiry.91 As a consequence of his report, the Certification Officer initiated a prosecution of members of the NUM national executive which failed partly due to the inadmissibility of much of the evidence collected for the report.