47 When secret ballots required after employer initiates bargaining for single collective agreement

(1)

This section applies to—

(a)

2 or more unions in relation to which 1 employer has initiated bargaining for a single collective agreement:

(b)

1 or more unions in relation to which 2 or more employers have initiated bargaining for a single collective agreement.

(2)

A union to which subsection (1)(a) applies must hold a secret ballot of its members employed by the employer if the union considers that a majority of its members employed by the employer would disagree with bargaining for a single collective agreement.

(3)

A union to which subsection (1)(b) applies must hold a secret ballot of its members employed by an employer to which subsection (1)(b) applies if it considers that a majority of its members employed by the employer would disagree with bargaining for a single collective agreement.

(4)

A secret ballot held under subsection (2) or subsection (3) must be held in accordance with sections 45 and 46, and those sections apply with all necessary modifications.

(5)

At the conclusion of a secret ballot, the union must inform the following employers of the result of the secret ballot:

(a)

the employer of the employees in respect of whom the secret ballot has been held; and

(b)

if subsection (1)(b) applies, the other employers concerned.

(6)

At the conclusion of the secret ballots, bargaining for a single collective agreement may continue,—

(a)

where subsection (1)(a) applies, if the members of each of the 2 unions or of a majority of the unions, if more than 2,—

(i)

have voted in favour of bargaining for a single collective agreement with the employer; or

(ii)

are considered by their union to be in favour of bargaining for a single collective agreement with the employer; or

(iii)

both; or

(b)

where subsection (1)(b) applies, if the members of the union or of each union, if there are 2, or of a majority of the unions, if more than 2,—

(i)

have voted in favour of bargaining for a single collective agreement with the 2 or more employers; or

(ii)

are considered by the union or each union, as the case may be, to be in favour of bargaining for a single collective agreement with the 2 or more employers; or

(iii)

both.