Commentary

(f) Inappropriateness of collective terms

Division AII Contract of Employment
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(f) Inappropriateness of collective terms

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(f)     Inappropriateness of collective terms

It is not every collective agreement, or every part of a collective agreement, which is appropriate for incorporation into the individual contract of employment. At the technical level, the collective agreement may be phrased in 'vague and aspirational language' and its terms may lack sufficient precision to enable them to be enforced as contractual obligations (see National Coal Board v Galley [1958] 1 All ER 91, and Lee v GEC Plessey Telecommunications, [1993] IRLR 383, QBD).

Other agreements between the employer and the union may be perceived as operating exclusively at the

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