HC Deb 26 April 2004 vol 420 c740W
Mr. Bellingham

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many allegations of intimidation by(a) trade unions and (b) employers during recognition ballots were made in the last 12 months. [166989]

Mr. Sutcliffe

The Government are aware of concerns on the part of unions and employers of intimidation during recognition ballots, and sought further evidence in order to gain a better idea of the scale of the problem. Over a dozen allegations have been directly brought to my attention in the last 12 months as a result of this process, the majority of which have alleged intimidation by employers.

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