Sir Michael Burton was appointed Chairman of the Central Arbitration Committee in March 2000. He is a High Court Judge and is a past President of the Employment Appeal Tribunal. He is also President of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal.
The Chairman, CAC, is appointed by the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, after consulting the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service.
The chairman selects panels of 3 committee members to adjudicate on applications relating to the statutory recognition and derecognition of trade unions for collective bargaining purposes.
The panels consist of:
- the chairman or a deputy chairman
- 1 member whose experience is as a representative of employers
- 1 member whose experience is as a representative of workers