Unite the Union v Mills

Employment – Trade Union. The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held that the certification officer had not erred in holding that the appellant union, Unite, had failed to comply with s 30(1) of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 (the Act), by not giving the respondent member of Unite access to accounting records showing 'stand down' payments to each trade union official of her branch. The EAT held that Unite had been obliged, under ss 28 and 29 of the Act, to keep available for inspection accounting records of its transactions necessary to give a true and fair view of the state of affairs of the trade union and to explain its transactions. In dismissing the respondent's cross-appeal, the EAT held that the certification officer had not erred in refusing her application for access to bank statements when she had been given access to the accounting records regarding sundries to which they related.

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