This was the first application made to the Court for assistance under paragraph 32 of Schedule 1A.
In 2004 the Court had issued a Declaration of Recognition in support of the Union to conduct Collective Bargaining and, subsequently, a method of bargaining had been agreed between the Union and the Employer.
The Union applied to the Court for assistance, as it was of the opinion that there had been a failure by the Employer to carry out the agreement. In the circumstances, the Panel decided to bring the Parties together informally to determine whether there was any scope for them to reach agreement on the contentious issues.  After directions from the Panel, the parties entered into discussion and negotiation, which subsequently led to a mutually-agreed amendment to the Agreement.