Akinosun (on Behalf of General and Health Workers Union) v The Certification Officer: EAT 5 Jul 2013

EAT Unfair Dismissal : Constructive Dismissal – The Certification Officer decided after consultation that GAWHU was not a trade union, because the principal aim of the organisation was to facilitate access to hearings before employers at which individuals could be represented: the promoters of GAWHU had been involved in successive companies seeking to represent workers for a fee, and there was no evidence to support any collective activity which would constitute regulating relations between workers and employers.
He was entitled on a proper construction of the applicable legislation to come to the conclusion, which was a matter of fact, and was properly approached.

Langstaff J P
[2013] UKEAT 0180 – 13 – 0507
England and Wales


Updated: 20 November 2021; Ref: scu.515390