Foreword from the Minister for Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs and the Chair of CAC
I am delighted that you are considering applying for a role with the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC) a partner organisation of the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills.
The CAC, as an independent Tribunal, carries out important work to promote fair and efficient arrangements in the workplace. It does this by resolving collective disputes, usually by voluntary agreement or, if necessary, through adjudication. It is crucial that we have the best possible people serving as Members and Deputy Chairs, so again, thank you for your interest.
Applications for trade union recognition provide most of the CAC’s workload, together with a small number of complaints about a failure to disclose information for collective bargaining purposes. The CAC also has a statutory responsibility to resolve disputes between employees and employers under the legislation relating to the establishment and operation of Information and Consultation arrangements and European Works Councils.
The CAC’s work is carried out by way of three-person panels and this recruitment exercise seeks candidates for both Deputies and Members. These are key roles with a high degree of responsibility for resolving issues which are of fundamental importance to the employees, trade unions and employers concerned. The work is challenging and rewarding but each case does not necessarily follow the same template in the way it proceeds.
If you have the experience and skills we are looking for, I very much hope you will consider applying for these posts. We are particularly interested in hearing from applicants who are under-represented in public appointments, including women, those from minority backgrounds and people who have not served in this way before.
Jo Swinson, Minister for Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs
Sir Michael Burton, CAC Chairman