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Arguably, trade union officials are more likely to carry out their duties effectively if they possess skills and knowledge relevant to their duties. Therefore, the rationale behind the original provision of these rights was that collective bargaining would be more effectively discharged if workplace representatives had the opportunity to acquire the skills of negotiation and the time to perform their negotiating functions. The efficient performance of collective bargaining is logically in the interests of employers, as well as trade unions. This is the justification for these rights put forward by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) in the Code of Practice on Time Off (see below). The Code states that the provisions work to the mutual advantage of both parties in aiding and improving ‘... the effectiveness of relationships between employers and trade unions’.4