Information and consultation on training (Clause 6)

The Government has decided not to include training within the ambit of statutory recognition.

Instead, where a union has statutory recognition, the employer must invite the union to send representatives to a meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to consult about the employer's policy on training, plans for training during the next six months and reporting on training since the last meeting. This relates only to training of workers in the bargaining unit.

The meetings must take place every six months. The employer must provide relevant information at least two weeks in advance. The employer must take account of representations made by the union. The remedy for a failure to comply with the obligations is an application by the union to an Employment Tribunal for a protective award of up to two weeks' pay.