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Unite clashes with Honda over 'union derecognition' documents [UK]

Author: Dan Milmo, Observer [UK], Published on: 16 October 2011

Honda has been accused of union-busting after Unite…uncovered company documents referring to minimising its influence at the car company's UK operations. General secretary Len McCluskey is writing to shareholders to warn that the...company could derecognise the union, barring it from Honda premises...He acted after Unite's senior shop steward at Honda was suspended after printing off two slides from the Honda UK internal website, headed "mid-term review", which use the phrases "minimise influence of trade union" and "accelerate independence of ARC [Associate Representative Council]", referring to the elected body Honda uses for pay bargaining but which is currently dominated by Unite representatives…A Honda spokeswoman said: "I cannot comment on whether they are Honda documents. That is part of an ongoing investigation."

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