Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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Photo of Andrew Miller Andrew Miller Chair, Science and Technology Committee (Commons), Chair, Science and Technology Committee (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with reference to the answer of 23 April 2012, Official Report, column 762W, on Malta, what the reasons were for the implementation of the verification exercise.

Photo of David Lidington David Lidington The Minister for Europe

The collective agreement between the British high commission and the General Workers' Union (GWU) states that the high commission has the right to withdraw recognition of the union for collective bargaining purposes should the membership of the union amongst British high commission staff fall below 50% + 1. Recognition of the GWU was withdrawn because they no longer had the support of a majority of staff, and their demands were unreasonable and unrealistic. The GWU requested the verification exercise to confirm whether or not they had a majority; the Director of Industrial and Employment Relations determined that the union did not have a majority.

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