Basic Guide to Closed Shop Agreements
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A type of collective agreement, a closed shop agreement requires non-union workers to join the union or face dismissal.
The Labour Relations Act applies to all employers, workers, trade unions and employers’ organisations, but does not apply to -
What is a Closed Shop Agreement?
A closed shop agreement is a type of collective agreement that requires non-union workers to join the union.
A closed shop agreement is a type of collective agreement concluded by –
Under a closed shop agreement, non-union workers must join the union or face dismissal.
If a union expels a member or refuses to allow a new worker to become a union member, and if this expulsion or refusal is in accordance with the union’s constitution or is for a fair reason, then the employer will have to dismiss the worker. This dismissal is not considered unfair.
Conscientious objectors (workers who refuse to belong to a union on the grounds of conscience) may not be dismissed for refusing to join the union.
A closed shop agreement is legally binding only if –