This post was contributed by Kate Paterson

The High Court has overturned a decision by the Minister of Labour to extend a collective agreement in the textile industry to non-parties to the bargaining council.

The agreement set out the minimum wages that employers who were parties to the agreement had to pay their employees.  The extension meant that employers who were not parties to the agreement now also had to pay these wages.  The recent judgment declared the decision to be invalid retrospectively because the Minister had not properly applied her mind to the decision-making process.

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