Family house Vaňov / 3+1 architekti

first_img Czech Republic ArchDaily Houses 2012 CopyHouses•Vanov, Czech Republic Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/375237/family-house-vanov-3-1-architekti Clipboard Projects photographs:  Pavel PláničkaPhotographs:  Pavel Plánička, Courtesy of 3+1 architektiSave this picture!© Pavel PláničkaRecommended ProductsWoodGustafsWood Veneered Wall & Ceiling PanelsWoodAccoyaAccoya® Cladding, Siding & FacadesPorcelain StonewareApariciPorcelain Tiles – BuildWoodTechnowoodPergola SystemsText description provided by the architects. House is difficult to access, located on a steep basalt slope above the village. Garden is facing northeast. On the other hand there is a positive side to it – an exceptionally beautiful view on the river. Builder feels a very strong connection to this place, as there used to be a small weekend cottage built by his grandparents.Save this picture!© Pavel PláničkaNew house is therefore created as a harmony composed by fragments of nature, ships on the river, weekend gardening and nostalgia… New house is continuation of the story of the original cottage.Save this picture!PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessZaha Hadid Wins European Museum of the Year Award for RiversideArticlesTunnel Monitoring Complex Hausmannstaetten / Dietger Wissounig ArchitektenSelected Projects Share Family house Vaňov / 3+1 architekti 2012 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/375237/family-house-vanov-3-1-architekti Clipboard “COPY” CopyAbout this office3+1 architektiOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesVanovHousesCzech RepublicPublished on May 23, 2013Cite: “Family house Vaňov / 3+1 architekti” 23 May 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – MetrisVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ EffectPartitionsSkyfoldIntegrating Operable Walls in a SpaceBricksEndicottBrick Facade at the Bruce Nesbitt African American Cultural CenterBathroom FurnitureBradley Corporation USAToilet Partition CubiclesSkylightsLAMILUXGlass Skylight F100 CircularLightsLouis PoulsenOutdoor Lighting – Flindt GardenRailing / BalustradesSolarluxBalcony Glazing – SL 60eUrban ShadingPunto DesignPublic Architecture in Residential ComplexDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Products in Palazzo VolpiChairshorgenglarusUpholstered Chair – diva 5-154Wall / Ceiling LightsHE WilliamsLED Downlight – 4DR RoundMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Year:  Family house Vaňov / 3+1 architektiSave this projectSaveFamily house Vaňov / 3+1 architekti Architects: 3+1 architekti Area Area of this architecture project Year:  “COPY” Area:  134 m² Area:  134 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Save this picture!© Pavel Plánička+ 46 Sharelast_img read more

B85 + B90 / Building Bloc design

first_img Houses “COPY” CopyAbout this officeBuilding Bloc design OfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesCalgaryCanadaPublished on February 11, 2016Cite: “B85 + B90 / Building Bloc design ” 10 Feb 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Classic™ SeriesVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ AbstractFaucetshansgroheKitchen Mixers – Talis MShower ColumnsAXORShowers – AXOR LampShower by NendoWoodBruagRoom Acoustics – Interior Cladding PanelsPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesIsland Exterior FabricatorsMega-Panel Facade SystemsConcreteKrytonCrystalline Waterproofing – KIMTable LampsAxolightTable Lights – SkirtDoorsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Glass Pivot Door – Rabel 8700 Slim Super ThermalUrban ShadingPunto DesignPublic Architecture in Residential ComplexExterior DeckingHouse of BambooDecking – BambooAnti-Corrosive CoatingsTIGERPowder Coating – Drylac® Bianco 605More products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Architects: Building Bloc design Area Area of this architecture project Canada Year:  photographs:  Jared Sych Photographs:  Jared Sych Collaborators:Beyond HomesB85:2945 sqft total | 2 storey + basementB90:2900 sqft total| 2 storey + basementCity:CalgaryCountry:CanadaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Jared SychRecommended ProductsWoodGustafsWood Veneered Wall & Ceiling PanelsWindowsSky-FrameRetractable Insect Screen – Sky-Frame FlyEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornWoodEGGERLaminatesText description provided by the architects. B85 + B90 are located in Altadore, one of Calgary’s older established inner-city neighborhoods. This community is unique and transitional due to the flux of people moving there and revitalizing the area with new developments. The Dwellings were completed in 2015 with the concept of creating two stylistically harmonious but different speculative homes with rustic and modern elements in a way that represents Calgary as a contemporary and evolving city. The homes have complementary exteriors and similar interior layouts with contrasting interior palates. They are organized from an open concept with the main living spaces at grade, a recreation and guest suite below, and 3 bedrooms, laundry and 2 full bathrooms above.Save this picture!© Jared SychB85 is a simple and timeless house which pulls some inspiration from rustic 80’s architecture. The exterior is clad with recycled weathered barn board and is unique to the area with a sharp shed roof pitch. The natural materiality and open, bright spaces emphasize the peace, serenity and internal balance of the home. The entire second floor is vaulted with a large rake window, giving plenty of natural light to enter into the tranquil master suite. The Ensuite is spacious and monochromatic making use of unique materials and textures. The room has a raw feel similar to the exterior with the use of materials such as, copper piping, subway tile, and concrete.Save this picture!© Jared SychB90 is integrated into the existing context of the street with its cedar-siding façade and unique and simple corrugated metal frame. The large windows let light filter through the house and emphasize the openness of the floor plan. The interior integrates a variety of textures, materials, and elements such as paralam beams, mono stringer stairs, designer tile, quartz countertops, oak flooring, custom concrete sinks, designer lighting, and custom barn doors to create a harmonious yet eclectic living space.Save this picture!© Jared SychProject gallerySee allShow lessClosed Worlds Exhibition to Open at Storefront for Art and ArchitectureExhibition OpeningWall Cloud / Sasaki ArchitectureSelected Projects Share Photographs CopyHouses•Calgary, Canada Save this picture!© Jared Sych+ 23 Share B85 + B90 / Building Bloc design B85 + B90 / Building Bloc designSave this projectSaveB85 + B90 / Building Bloc design Year:  2015 Area:  5845 ft² Area:  5845 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/781624/b85-plus-b90-building-bloc-design Clipboard Projects ArchDaily 2015 “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/781624/b85-plus-b90-building-bloc-design Clipboardlast_img read more

DSC publishes guide to social entrepreneurship

first_img  26 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Trading About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Directory of Social Change is this month publishing “Your Chance to Change the World – The No-Fibbing Guide to Social Entrepreneurship” by Craig Dearden-Phillips.The author is the founder of disability charity Speaking Up and a veteran of several social business start-ups. He set up Speaking Up aged 24 in a small community centre in Cambridge, and built it into an award-winning organisation employing 100 people and working with 4000 people.The book explains how to set up a new social business from scratch. Like any good business book, it it covers the key elements of people, finance and business planning.It also includes sections specially aimed at social entrepreneurs such as ‘Finding Funding’, ‘Governance’ and ‘Looking After Number One’, something which Dearden-Phillips suggests social entrepreneurs are often very bad at.The author acknowledges that he has made mistakes along the way and shares what he has learned. DSC say “it is both inspirational and useful – for it speaks to people’s real situations”.The book will be launched at the House of Commons on 24 April.Your Chance to Change the World by Craig-Dearden Phillips, published by the Directory of Social Change, is available price £14.95 from DSC.Or you can currently buy it from Amazon.co.uk for £14.20:www.amazon.co.uk/o/ASIN/1903991935/219 DSC publishes guide to social entrepreneurship Howard Lake | 10 April 2008 | Newslast_img read more

‘Night for Ramona’

first_imgAt Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books in Philadelphia on Oct. 12, around 100 people attended a “Night for Ramona” to honor, celebrate and raise money for civil rights icon Ramona Africa. Speakers included (left to right) Gabe Bryant, Pam Africa, Johanna Fernandez, Eleanor Johnson ­(Ramona Africa’s mother), Mike Africa, Tony Monteiro and Marc Lamont Hill.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img

House Ag Ready to Hear NAFTA Witnesses

first_img SHARE Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Previous articleDrought, Prices Weaken Rural Midwest Bankers’ OutlookNext articleToo Much Moisture Hurting Indiana Soybean Yields Andy Eubank Home Indiana Agriculture News House Ag Ready to Hear NAFTA Witnesses SHARE House Ag NAFTA hearingCongress moves into full NAFTA mode this week as the House Agriculture Committee opens a public hearing to prepare for renegotiations of the North American Free Trade agreement. Chairman Michael Conaway of Texas says trade and agriculture go hand in hand, so agriculture needs to make sure its interests are known and reflected in any new agreement.“Trade is a big part of what is important to the success of production agriculture, and so with the renegotiation of NAFTA, which is entirely appropriate, we need to be sure that ag interests are well represented at the table throughout that full negotiation, much like they were with TPP during those negotiations.”The hearing is set for 10 AM Wednesday.“We’ll have a good slate of witnesses to talk to us and hopefully highlight the need that this NAFTA renegotiation take into consideration all the aspects of trade as it relates to agriculture in the United States.”Conaway added, “The administration has already outlined key objectives for ag, such as expanding market opportunities and tightening enforcement, and I look forward to hearing from our witnesses about opportunities to achieve the best deal possible for American agriculture.”Wednesday’s committee hearing is called Renegotiating NAFTA: Opportunities for Agriculture. House Ag Ready to Hear NAFTA Witnesses By Andy Eubank – Jul 24, 2017 last_img read more

Bolivian journalist hounded after accusing boss of sexual harassment

first_img News to go further BoliviaAmericas Condemning abuses Women RSF_en June 12, 2020 Find out more February 1, 2018 Bolivian journalist hounded after accusing boss of sexual harassment Receive email alerts BoliviaAmericas Condemning abuses Women Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Bolivia Editor still unable to return to Bolivia after six months in exile Peláez was working for Canal 7, one of the channels operated by Bolivia TV (the state-owned broadcaster overseen by Bolivia’s communications ministry), when she filed a complaint on 13 December 2016 reporting that she had been sexually harassed by Canal 7 director Carlos Flores Menacho.This marked the start of a long ordeal for Peláez. A few weeks later, on 24 January 2017, BTV fired her without any explanation. Flores then proceeded to do everything possible to discredit her. This included getting BTV employees to sign a statement questioning her reliability and professionalism.A total of 23 letters containing the statement were then sent to all the major departments of the Bolivian state including the communications ministry, within which Flores has many supporters.Peláez went public about the alleged sexual harassment on 6 March 2017. Two days later, BTV suspended Flores, who quickly filed a complaint accusing her of slander and defamation. As Peláez prepared her defence during the following months, she encountered many obstacles including obstruction by the Bolivian state, which banned her from entering public buildings and refused to give her information.Two additional judicial complaints were meanwhile brought against Peláez. The first, by communications minister and former Canal 7 boss Gisela López, accuses Peláez of “political persecution and violence against women” and denies the claim made by Peláez in several interviews that López knew about the sexual harassment and did nothing to help her.The second, by the current head of Canal 7, Fabiola Rollano Peña, accuses Peláez of “public corruption.”Peláez says she has been the victim of a major destabilization campaign since filing her complaint, and feels quite helpless. “I no longer know what to do,” she said. “I no longer have a job and I’m in a difficult financial situation because I must pay sizeable legal fees and travel expenses.” She is not a resident of La Paz but has to travel there to attend hearings and try to organize her defence.“The persecution of Yadira Peláez is unacceptable,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America bureau. “The proceedings initiated against her as a result of her workplace harassment complaint must be withdrawn”.“Instead of resorting to these bizarre methods and to further harassing a journalist who was already harassed, the Bolivian authorities should use this case to start a debate about the role of women in Bolivia’s media and to establish procedures for protecting and developing the work of women journalists.”Another sexual harassment complaint was filed against Flores in 2017 by another Canal 7 journalist, Claudia Pardo, who has in turn been accused of “political persecution and violence against women” by the communications ministry and is now also the target of judicial proceedings.CPJ research has found that Bolivian officials have used threats of defamation and other criminal charges to intimidate journalists.Bolivia is ranked 107th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. News May 27, 2016 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemn the Bolivian state’s persecution of Yadira Peláez, a former public TV journalist who accused her boss of sexual harassment, and they call for the withdrawal of the three judicial cases brought against her by government officials or allies. November 18, 2016 Find out more News RSF decries mounting hostility towards media in Bolivia Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom Organisation last_img read more

Ector gains historical marker

first_img Twitter Ector Logo OC employee of the year always learning Facebook Local News Ector gains historical marker Facebook ECISD undergoing ‘equity audit’ The Texas Historical Commission has recognized Ector High School as a significant and educational part of Texas history by awarding it an Official Texas Historical Marker.A dedication ceremony to commemorate the event will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday at the Ector Middle School campus at the main entrance on Clements St.The Ector County Historical Commission welcomes the public to share in and witness this exciting historical event. 2021 SCHOOL HONORS: Permian High School By admin – June 13, 2018 center_img Pinterest Summer Spaghetti SaladTexas Fried ChickenFoolproof Roasted Pork TenderloinPowered By 10 Sec Cheesy Green Bean Casserole NextStay Home Local News Ector gains historical marker Twitter WhatsApp Previous articlePizza fundraiser supports CCWTXNext articleGUEST VIEW: In Stockton, Calif., crime does pay as Universal Basic Income goes into effect admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Pinterestlast_img read more

Commemoration to take place to mark 40th anniversary of killing of Strabane man

first_img Facebook Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Facebook 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Google+ Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal WhatsApp Commemoration to take place to mark 40th anniversary of killing of Strabane man Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twittercenter_img Previous articleWife of Strabane farmer who died in farm accident encourages safetyNext articleNorthern Ireland students recieve A-Level results today News Highland WhatsApp By News Highland – August 18, 2011 Pinterest A commemoration will take place in Strabane tonight to mark the 40th anniversary of the killing of a local man by a member of the Royal Marine Commandos.24 year old Eamon Mc Devitt, who was deaf and mute, was shot by a commando at Fountain Street in August 1971, with his family continuing a campaign to clear his name following an army claim that he was brandishing a gun and about to open fire.His family say that is a lie, and he was gunned down in cold blood.At 6pm this evening, Eamon Mc Devitt will be remembered in a ceremony at the spot where he was killed on Fountain Street. A plaque erected in his memory will be re-dedicated.Sinn Fein Councillor Karina Carlin, one of the organisers of tonight’s event, says there had been some minor stone throwing in the area following an earlier town centre protest about Internment which had been introduced just the previous week.  Eamon Mc Devitt was not involved, she says.He was walking home from a friend’s house, he was killed by a single shot fired by a British soldier.It was later claimed by the British Army that he was brandishing a gun, a claim denied by 23 local eye witnesses. A priest who came to administer the Last Rights demanded to see the weapon that was alleged to have been branded by Eamon.  No such weapon was ever produced.Cllr Carlin says tonight’s commemoration will also reaffirm local support for the Mc Devitt family’s ongoing campaign to clear Eamon’s name. Twitter 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic News Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+last_img read more

Ruminant show winners announced

first_img Print Article By The Penny Hoarder Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Patriot Health ZoneHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential Health32-second Stretch Ends Back Pain & Sciatica (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Published 8:44 pm Thursday, April 1, 2021 Sponsored Content “And to the families of these kids,” he said. “The steer, heifer and goat programs involve the entire family. These animals require daily care and are yearlong projects so it takes families working together. We congratulate all the kids and their families on jobs well done.Wesley said the youngsters did an outstanding job caring for and showing their goats.Congratulations were in order for ages two to four, Adalynn Bryant, Banks Barfield, Conners Minton, Evie Jo Mullins, Georgia Flowers, Paislee Smith, Preston Leatherwood, Walker Barfield and Rowan Goodson; ages five and six, Abby Leatherwood, Isla Flowers Jaelynn Nelson and Ever Wilson; and seven-and eight-year-olds Eli Wesley, Emma Maness, Levi Wesley, McKinley “Mac: Wood and MJ Flowers. You Might Like ServSafe curriculum being offered April 20-21 In 2010, all foodservice establishments were mandated by Alabama state law to have a manager on duty at all times… read more By Jaine Treadwell Ruminant show winners announced First Place Class Placings were awarded to Brandon Cuahua and Grace; Asa Thompson and Winnie Lou; Annabelle Wesley and Felicia; Asa Thompson and Joan Jett; and Annabelle Wesley and KiKi.Second places were awarded to Annabelle Wesley and Petunia; Greer Jones and May; John Mark Challancin and Louis Vutton; Wyatt Johnson and Dolly; and Mason Dubose and Emmie Lou.Third Places were awarded to Mary Margaret Sneed and Reba; Wyatt Johnson and Keisha; John Mark Challancin and Legend; Greer Jones and Sweet Pea and Matthew Speros and Fancy Enough. Fourth Places were awarded to Jack Redmon and Belle; Jack Redmon and JoJo; Braxton Jordan and Sadie May; LouLou Thompson and Mango; and William Speros and Jeez Louise. Fifth Place went to William Speros and Two Pond Flower.Grand Champion Steer placing was awarded to Greer Jones and Oso.  Annabelle Wesley and Mickey took Reserve Champion Steer honors. First places in Steer Placings went to Preston Hughes and Trion; Greer Jones and Oso.  Second place went to Annabelle Wesley and Mickey; third place to Brandon Cuahua and Rocky; and fourth place to Braxton Jordan and Bear. Latest Stories Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration The results of the 79th Annual Pike County Steer and Heifer Show and the Fifth Annual Goat Show indicate that the future of the Pike County cattle industry is in good hands. Heath Wesley, Pike County Cattlemen board member, said the shows featured 15 kids with cattle and 20 showing goats.“The Pike County Steer and Heifer Show is the longest-running county show in the state,” Wesley said. “The goat program is the feeder program for the steer and heifer show. Hopes are that the interest generated in the goat program will be the encouragement for the kids to step up and show cattle.”Wesley expressed appreciation to the Pike County Cattlemen and Cattlewomen Associations for their longstanding support of the youth programs. Book Nook to reopen The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Skip The top finishers in the 79th Annual Pike County Steer and Heifer Show in Junior Showmanship were: Asa Thompson, Banks, Jr. Champion Showman; LouLou Thompson, Banks, Jr. Reserve Champion Showman; John Mark Challancin, Troy Elementary School, third place, Jr. Showman; Mason Dubose, Banks, fourth place, Jr. Showman; and Preston Hughes, Goshen Elementary School, fifth place, Jr. Showman. In Intermediate Showmanship, Greer Jones, Ariton, was Intermediate Champion Showman; Wyatt Johnson Homeschool, was Intermediate Reserve Champion Showman; William Speros, Pike County Virtual School, third place Intermediate Showman; Jack Redmon, GES; fourth place Intermediate Showman; and Braxton, Jordan, Banks, fifth place.Annabelle Wesley, Ariton, was the Senior Champion Showman. Brandon Cuahua, Goshen High School, was Senior Reserve Champion Showman. Third place honors went to Jeremy Speros, Pike County Virtual School, Matthew Speros, Ag Academy, took fourth place and Mary Margaret Sneed, GHS, fifth place. Champion Heifer placings were awarded to Asa Thompson and “Joan Jett” and Reserve Champion Heifer to Asa Thompson and “Winnie Lou.” Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Email the authorlast_img read more

Silence of the lambs

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Silence of the lambsOn 1 Nov 2000 in Personnel Today With only 10 disputed cases in its first four months, the union recognitionlegislation has hardly whipped up a storm. Philip Whiteley investigatesDubbed the dog that didn’t bark, the union recognition legislation came intoeffect this summer to the benign indifference of the nation’s politicians andmedia. With only 10 cases in its first four months of activity, the CentralArbitration Committee, which was entrusted with new powers for arbitrating onclaims, has hardly been at the centre of an industrial storm. Examples of the cases include the successful recognition claim lodged bybanking union Unifi on behalf of 22 employees at the Bank of Ceylon, and thefailed application by the Iron & Steel Trades Confederation at Bausch andLomb – where the CAC held the AEEU union already had a valid agreement. It is a far cry from the Grunwick dispute in the 1970s, when the then Labourgovernment’s union recognition law was resisted by an employer in an uglydispute that saw picket-line confrontations and the remarkable sight ofgovernment ministers joining the protests. “We are actually rather pleased by the fact that the numbers are notgreat,” says Sir Michael Burton, chairman of the CAC. “Theindications that we have are that there have been a great many voluntaryagreements against the background of the introduction of the legislation.”Data both from the conciliation service Acas and from an annual survey bylaw firm DLA indicate a sharp increase in voluntary deals. Jointly the twosources indicate that there have been twice as many voluntary agreements so farthis year as in the whole of 1999, says Burton. “One does not want to sound too optimistic, as we are still in theearly stages. I do not think we would have wanted a rush of applications as weare slowly developing jurisprudence.” Numbers have picked up slightly since the beginning of October, but thenature of the claims is not increasing in complexity. Burton reports that”in our training we dealt with imaginary scenarios which were all moredifficult than the ones we have had to face in practice”. He says the subdued start is proof that the system is working in deterringoverly ambitious claims. In particular, the three-year ban on a follow-uprecognition claim after a failed one has been a deterrent. He points out that the CAC has a statutory duty to encourage a voluntarydeal. A number of formal applications have been withdrawn as the CAC refers thesides to Acas or itself acts as intermediary between employer and union. Oneexample was at the Millennium Dome, where the employers originally opposed thenotion of a bargaining unit comprising the welcoming staff put forward by theunion Equity. After an initial meeting with the CAC panel the two sides strucka deal. The Government always insisted a formal process should be the last resort,and it has applied belt and braces to ensure it is seen that way. Quiteingeniously, it seems equally unpalatable to unions and managers alike. An employer has every reason to avoid a forced recognition deal, because ofthe duties in place on a firm to give access to company facilities, which canbe avoided with a voluntary deal. But there are so many hurdles for the unionto cross before getting there – and a three-year ban on repeating a failedapplication – that it, too, would rather sue for peace in most cases. Roger Steel, employment relations expert at law firm Eversheds, says,”Unions do not have any form of access to the workforce to persuade themuntil they have already had to satisfy the test of 10 per cent membership andlikely support from 50 per cent of the relevant workforce. “The employer has all sorts of opportunities for doing surveys on a captiveaudience of the staff and to run their own persuasive campaign.” A union’s only right of access is to support an individual in a grievance ordisciplinary matter – and a few employers have begun holding such meetings offsite, Steel reports. Unions must stay “outside the gates”, a position from which it isdifficult to compile convincing evidence of sufficient union membership within.Moreover the three-year ban applies from whenever the union fails after receiptof the bid by the CAC, not just if the full process is exhausted (see box). Nonetheless, some hawkish voices predict an upsurge in cases, based on twofactors. One is the possibility of the Conservatives winning a General Electionnext year – unions would want to rush through a recognition deal before WilliamHague pulls up the drawbridge. The other is the new law this autumn preventing employers from dismissingpeople taking part in a lawful strike. The theory is that as it becomes easierto hold industrial action, then strikes will be held in support of recognitionclaims and more pressure can be brought to bear on employers. There are obvious problems with both arguments. First of all theConservatives still look unlikely to win and the year or two left between nowand a possible repeal of the law still leaves a huge challenge in clearing theobstacles to a successful bid. On the other matter, increased industrial action could backfire on theunion. Many of their recruitment campaigns are based on the appeal that theyhave put their militant ways behind them, so membership could rapidly nosediveshould talk of strikes reappear. Steel of Eversheds argues that the days of all-out industrial war are overfor good. So do unions and employers agree? There are certainly considerable differences from the 1970s. Higher levelsof skills, and a greater degree of competition, mean the interests of labourand capital have much greater overlap. Confrontation by either side amounts tosawing away at the branch that both are sitting on. Sir Ken Jackson, pioneer of partnership at the engineering union the AEEU,says, “The prospects now are excellent to build a genuinely new approach.Across many unions there is an understanding that partnership is the only realoption. With confrontation unions would weaken their own influence andcompanies would go bust.” He claims the change is deeply rooted and likely to last. “Years ago ifthe AEEU raised the issue of partnership it was booed off the platform. Now,everyone is fighting to prove who is the more committed to it.” The union lists productivity gains and lifelong learning as two of itsstrategic aims in any recognition deal. Any private firm that does not alsoinclude these is going to struggle irrespective of union recognitionlegislation. Moreover the AEEU spends £5m a year on skills training for itsmembers, saving money for employers which recognise it. That is the positive side. On the other hand, unemployment is still falling,pay awards are edging up and the hand of the union is getting stronger. Couldthe commitment to cosy voluntary deals be just a veneer? Employers accept that some union leaders are converts to partnership. Butthe acceptance is nervous. “At the top level of most trade unions there isnow a recognition that unions work more effectively when they are pursuingshared objectives with management,” says Dominic Johnson, head of employeerelations at the CBI. But he adds, “It would be complacent to suggest that because therhetoric is now about partnership that partnership is truly being delivered.For example we have seen significant increases in balloting activity for strikeaction, suggesting that brinkmanship remains an important part of thecollective bargaining round. “It would be too early to say that there has been a sea change inindustrial relations in the past 18 months.” He argues that many of the easier deals have now been done, and that fewagreements have featured joint training for managers and union representativeson partnership working. Diary of a dispute Benteler Automotive vs the Iron & Steel Trades Confederation (alldates this year)25 July – The ISTC union submits an application to the Central ArbitrationCommittee that it should be recognised for collective bargaining by BentelerAutomotive.16 August – The company submits its response. The CAC sets up a panel andappoints a case manager. The panel asks the company and the union for lists of employees and members,and concludes that 57 per cent of people in the relevant bargaining unit aremembers. It decides a majority are in favour of collective bargaining becausemany have joined the union in recent months in the full knowledge that theunion is engaged in a campaign to achieve recognition.18 August – The union’s application is accepted by the CAC.For details on this and all other cases referred to the CAC go towww.cac.gov.uk The hurdles at which a union might fall– The CAC decides that the relevant bargaining unit has fewer than 21 people– The employer requests intervention of Acas and the union refuses– The CAC decides that less than 10 per cent of the relevant bargaining unitare union members– The CAC decides that the appropriate bargaining unit is different– Fewer than half of the relevant employees are deemed in favour of collectivebargaining or the ballot (a majority in favour and at least 40 per cent ofeligible voters in all) is lost.last_img read more