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Chair of Central Arbitration Committee announced

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1. Central Arbitration Committee
2. EC Directive Prohibiting Discrimination

1. Central Arbitration Committee
The Chairman of the Central Arbitration Committee, which is to arbitrate in trade union disputes under the Employment Relations Act 1999, is to be Burton J. (ex- Michael Burton QC of Littleton Chambers, well known for his work in the commercial and employment fields).

2. EC Directive Prohibiting Discrimination
Readers will recall the bulletin on 26/11/99 warning of the imminent EC Directive to combat discrimination under Article 13 of the EC Treaty (introduced by the Treaty of Amsterdam).

The directive is shortly to be issued. It is believed to prohibit all discrimination in employment, outlawing direct and indirect discrimination on grounds of racial and ethnic original, religion or belief, disability, age and sexual orientation (I have highlighted the grounds not currently recognised under UK law).

The CBI has, earlier this week, attacked these proposals on the basis they will place an intolerable burden on UK businesses.

More details as they are made available...