chapter  11
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COLLECTIVE RIGHTS FOR TRADE UNIONS – INFORMATION AND CONSULTATION

THE RIGHT TO INFORMATION

The right to information was originally contained in ss 17-21 of the Employment Protection Act 1975,1 now found in ss 181-85 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act (TULR(C)A) 1992. The object of the legislation at the outset was to encourage the flow of relevant information to trade unions so as to enhance and promote the conduct of ordered collective bargaining. This measure was retained during the Conservative period of office from 1979-97 because it was thought that disclosure served an important economic function in limiting union claims.2 Where a trade union has knowledge of a business’s financial position it would scale down any unrealistic demands and strike realistic bargaining positions.3