By Sid Kessler, Fred Bayliss (auth.)
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The rationale behind the setting-up of an independent service, instead of as hitherto having it as part of the DE, was trade union fears that a Departmental service would not be fully independent of ministerial interference as, for example, in the refusal of Mr Heath to refer the dustmen's strike of 1970 to the conciliation service because the employer's offer already exceeded the government's unofficial norm. ACAS has continued to function as the EPA specified, with the exception of the statutory recognition procedure which was abolished by the Employment Act of 1980, albeit on the recommendation of ACAS itself.
The various individual rights in the EPA and those contained in earlier legislation (such as the Redundancy Payments Act, 1965, and the Contracts of Employment Act, 1972, and TULRA, 1974 and 1976) were subsequently consolidated in the Employment Protection (Consolidated) Act, 1978. Other rights and protections were provided by the Sex Discrimination Act, 1975 and the Race Relations Act, 1976.
The CAC was established by the EPA, replacing the Industrial Arbitration Board which had itself replaced the Industrial Court in 1971. The provision of a standing national arbitration body -the Industrial Court- dated back to the Industrial Courts Act, 1919, and had been recommended by the Whitley Committee. The constitution and proceedings of the CAC were set out in Schedule 1 of the EPA. There was an independent chairman and deputy chairmen, with two panels of side members consisting respectively of experienced representatives of employers and trade unions.
Contemporary British Industrial Relations by Sid Kessler, Fred Bayliss (auth.)