A trade union is said to be recognised once an employer has agreed (either voluntarily, or through statutory requirements) to negotiate with it on pay and working conditions on behalf of a specific group of workers. The IDU is the sole recognised trade union for AA staff, and has its recognition agreement through statute.
Once a trade union is recognised by an employer, the subsequent negotiation process between them is known as collective bargaining, with the group of workers the union represents referred to as the bargaining unit. The IDU is the sole recognised trade union able to perform collective bargaining on behalf of AA staff.
Each area of the AA has its own IDU branch, which has its branch committee. You will usually be represented by someone from within the branch committee – and should approach them in the first instance. If you do not know who your branch representatives are – email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
General advice can often be given by your local branch representatives – and should approach them in the first instance. If you do not know who your branch representatives are – call our dedicated AA Helpline on 0844 800 4429.
However, the IDU also has 2 representatives on the board of trustees. If you need detailed advice, you can contact us on email@example.com