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Joint and competing applications

Thus, where a number of unions make a joint application, that application will not be admissible unless the unions show that they will co-operate with each other in a manner likely to secure and maintain stable and effective collective bargaining arrangements; and if the employer wishes, they will enter into single-table bargaining arrangements.99 The question arises as to the meaning of ‘stable and effective collective bargaining arrangements’, and concerns have been raised as to the evidence unions must provide to the CAC to demonstrate their ability to deliver this. A union may have to show a history of successfully operating single-table bargaining arrangements at other workplaces in conjunction with other unions.