A class action against MUNZ?

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The Owl has written up some interesting aspects of law for union members to consider:

Under commercial law members of the Union would be able to go about a class action against its Union for damages.

The Union charges members a subscription for services provided. This is basic “offer and treat”

The Union provides employment advice and is not a “polictical party” which MUNZ website clearly states.

Their employment advice is covered by statutes the same as Financial Advisors, Accountants and Lawyers. If any of these industries transgress their boundaries they can be sued for damages and there is plenty of case law to back this up.

The Union organisers have blurred the lines between what members pay them for and what their agendas are. By losing their jobs when reasonable offers were on the table they have not provided the best advice expected.

It is fair to say that key members of the debate (no more than Mr Brown) have publicly stated that the Unions could of settled at the first meeting. With the relationship between Mr Brown and Union publicly known then the argument of “fair and reasonable” would stand up in court.

If it can be proven that POAL offer would not commercially disadvantage MUNZ (all information says it would not) then the Union organisers need to provide the best advice available.

The only way to prove this would be a class action against the Union and then under law the Union and POAL would be required to allow the lawyers from both sides “discovery” of all documents, correspondence and any relevant information.

The final part of any class action would highlight any deficiencies of the statutes covering Unions and their ability to provide advice of the “highest standard”

For this all to happen is a number of members to find a lawyer who is willing to take up the case. Employment law is well tested through the courts but never has Union services they receive financial rewards for been tested. Now is the time.

Is there a brave lawyer and some union members who are keen to try? I think the public would be keen for this to be done as such a court case would provide clarity.

The Owl


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