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Closed Shops

Volume 130: debated on Wednesday 30 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what information he has as to the number of union membership agreements or closed shops, approved by ballot, in newspapers, broadcasting and other media since 14 August 1980; and if he will list those media companies where such closed shops currently exist.

My Department does not have direct access to the information requested. We are aware, however, of two such ballots which have taken place since 14 August 1980. One of the ballots reached the required majority for approval, the other did not.