Guidance on how to remove an organisation from the list of trade unions (TUs) and employers’ associations (EAs)
The Certification Officer maintains a list of trade unions (TU) and employers’ associations (EA). She can remove organisations from the list if they have dissolved or if they no longer meet the definition of a TU/EA under the 1992 Act.
2. How to apply to be removed
If your organisation has dissolved or no longer meets the definition of a TU/EA you should apply to have it removed from the list. You should do this by writing to the Certification Officer setting out the reasons for the removal and including a copy of your rulebook. If your organisation’s head office is in Scotland you should write to the ACO in Scotland. The relevant addresses are given below.
If the Certification Officer is satisfied that the organisation no longer exists or does not meet the definition of a TU/EA she will remove the name of the organisation from the list. Her office may seek further information from you so that she can reach a decision on your request.
3. Removal due to ineligibility
The Certification officer may remove an organisation from the relevant list without an application from that organisation. If at any time it appears to her that an organisation whose name is entered on the relevant list may no longer meet the definition of a trade TU /EA under the 1992 Act, she will write to you asking for information on an informal basis.
If, having considered the information you have provided, she believes that the organisation no longer meets the definition of a TU or EA, she will write to you and you will be given an opportunity to make representations as to why the name should not be removed. There is a right of appeal to the Employment Appeal Tribunal on a point of law against removal of a name from a list.
4. Contact details
For organisations based in England and Wales:
For organisations based in Scotland:
Certification Office for Trade Unions and Employers’ Associations, Melrose House, 69a George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2JG.
Tel: 0131 220 8742