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     39. - (1) This paragraph applies if the CAC accepts a relevant application relating to a bargaining unit or proceeds under paragraph 20 with an application relating to a bargaining unit.
 
      (2) Another relevant application is not admissible if-
 
 
    (a) the application is made within the period of 3 years starting with the day after that on which the CAC gave notice of acceptance of the application mentioned in sub-paragraph (1),
 
    (b) the relevant bargaining unit is the same or substantially the same as the bargaining unit mentioned in sub-paragraph (1), and
 
    (c) the application is made by the union (or unions) which made the application mentioned in sub-paragraph (1).
      (3) A relevant application is an application under paragraph 11 or 12.
 
      (4) The relevant bargaining unit is-
 
 
    (a) the proposed bargaining unit, where the application is under paragraph 11(2) or 12(2);
 
    (b) the agreed bargaining unit, where the application is under paragraph 12(4).
      (5) This paragraph does not apply if paragraph 40 or 41 applies.
 
     40. - (1) This paragraph applies if the CAC issues a declaration under paragraph 29(4) that a union is (or unions are) not entitled to be recognised as entitled to conduct collective bargaining on behalf of a bargaining unit; and this is so whether the ballot concerned is held under this Part or Part III of this Schedule.
 
      (2) An application under paragraph 11 or 12 is not admissible if-
 
 
    (a) the application is made within the period of 3 years starting with the day after that on which the declaration was issued,
 
    (b) the relevant bargaining unit is the same or substantially the same as the bargaining unit mentioned in sub-paragraph (1), and
 
    (c) the application is made by the union (or unions) which made the application leading to the declaration.
      (3) The relevant bargaining unit is-
 
 
    (a) the proposed bargaining unit, where the application is under paragraph 11(2) or 12(2);
 
    (b) the agreed bargaining unit, where the application is under paragraph 12(4).
     41. - (1) This paragraph applies if the CAC issues a declaration under paragraph 121(3) that bargaining arrangements are to cease to have effect; and this is so whether the ballot concerned is held under Part IV or Part V of this Schedule.
 
      (2) An application under paragraph 11 or 12 is not admissible if-
 
 
    (a) the application is made within the period of 3 years starting with the day after that on which the declaration was issued,
 
    (b) the relevant bargaining unit is the same or substantially the same as the bargaining unit to which the bargaining arrangements mentioned in sub-paragraph (1) relate, and
 
    (c) the application is made by the union which was a party (or unions which were parties) to the proceedings leading to the declaration.
      (3) The relevant bargaining unit is-
 
 
    (a) the proposed bargaining unit, where the application is under paragraph 11(2) or 12(2);
 
    (b) the agreed bargaining unit, where the application is under paragraph 12(4).
     42. - (1) This paragraph applies for the purposes of paragraphs 39 to 41.
 
      (2) It is for the CAC to decide whether one bargaining unit is the same or substantially the same as another, but in deciding the CAC may take account of the views of any person it believes has an interest in the matter.
 
 
General provisions about validity
     43. - (1) Paragraphs 44 to 50 apply if the CAC has to decide under paragraph 20 whether an application is valid.
 
      (2) In those paragraphs-
 
 
    (a) references to the application in question are to that application, and
 
    (b) references to the relevant bargaining unit are to the bargaining unit agreed by the parties or decided by the CAC.
     44. - (1) The application in question is invalid if the CAC is satisfied that there is already in force a collective agreement under which a union is (or unions are) recognised as entitled to conduct collective bargaining on behalf of any workers falling within the relevant bargaining unit.
 
      (2) But sub-paragraph (1) does not apply to the application in question if-
 
 
    (a) the union (or unions) recognised under the collective agreement and the union (or unions) making the application in question are the same, and
 
    (b) the matters in respect of which the union is (or unions are) entitled to conduct collective bargaining do not include pay, hours or holidays.
      (3) An agreement for or declaration of recognition which is the subject of a declaration under paragraph 83(2) must for the purposes of sub-paragraph (1) be treated as ceasing to have effect on the making of the declaration under paragraph 83(2).
 
      (4) In applying sub-paragraph (1) an agreement for recognition (the agreement in question) must be ignored if-
 
 
    (a) the union does not have (or none of the unions has) a certificate under section 6 that it is independent,
 
    (b) at some time there was an agreement (the old agreement) between the employer and the union under which the union (whether alone or with other unions) was recognised as entitled to conduct collective bargaining on behalf of a group of workers which was the same or substantially the same as the group covered by the agreement in question, and
 
    (c) the old agreement ceased to have effect in the period of three years ending with the date of the agreement in question.
      (5) It is for the CAC to decide whether one group of workers is the same or substantially the same an another, but in deciding the CAC may take account of the views of any person it believes has an interest in the matter.
 
     45. The application in question is invalid unless the CAC decides that-
 
 
    (a) members of the union (or unions) constitute at least 10 per cent of the workers constituting the relevant bargaining unit, and
 
    (b) a majority of the workers constituting the relevant bargaining unit would be likely to favour recognition of the union (or unions) as entitled to conduct collective bargaining on behalf of the bargaining unit.
     46. - (1) This paragraph applies if-
 
 
    (a) the CAC accepts an application under paragraph 11 or 12 relating to a bargaining unit or proceeds under paragraph 20 with an application relating to a bargaining unit,
 
    (b) the application has not been withdrawn,
 
    (c) no notice has been given under paragraph 17(2),
 
    (d) the CAC has not issued a declaration under paragraph 22(2), 27(2), 29(3) or 29(4) in relation to that bargaining unit, and
 
    (e) no notification has been made under paragraph 24(2).
      (2) The application in question is invalid if-
 
 
    (a) at least one worker falling within the relevant bargaining unit also falls within the bargaining unit referred to in sub-paragraph (1), and
 
    (b) the application in question is made by a union (or unions) other than the union (or unions) which made the application referred to in sub-paragraph (1).
     47. - (1) This paragraph applies if the CAC accepts an application under paragraph 11 or 12 relating to a bargaining unit or proceeds under paragraph 20 with an application relating to a bargaining unit.
 
      (2) The application in question is invalid if-
 
 
    (a) the application is made within the period of 3 years starting with the day after that on which the CAC gave notice of acceptance of the application mentioned in sub-paragraph (1),
 
    (b) the relevant bargaining unit is the same or substantially the same as the bargaining unit mentioned in sub-paragraph (1), and
 
    (c) the application is made by the union (or unions) which made the application mentioned in sub-paragraph (1).
      (3) This paragraph does not apply if paragraph 48 or 49 applies.
 
 
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