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Trade union Bill updates

May 2016

 

Martin Warren
Martin Warren

Trade Union Bill – Part 4

An update on the Trade Union Bill.
   

 

May 2016

The Trade Union Act will make significant changes to the law on industrial action as well as introducing new facility time and check-off arrangements. It will also increase the role and power of the Certification Officer – changes which have been overlooked in much of the media coverage.

These changes were subject to intense criticism from opposing MPs and Peers as the Bill progressed through the parliamentary stages. As a result, the Government made a number of concessions.

Read the final outcome and our commentary on workplace implications.

January 2016

 

Martin Warren
Martin Warren

Trade Union Bill – Part 3

An update on the Trade Union Bill.
   

 

September 2015

Industrial action is unlawful unless the organising trade union complies with certain statutory requirements, including balloting conditions. It is these rules governing ballots which the Government is currently proposing to tighten by introducing a new threshold for voter turnout and support, with an additional higher threshold applying in “important public services” (health, education, fire, transport, nuclear, border security). The changes are expected to be implemented by the summer of 2016.

Part of the Government’s aim is to ensure that strikes, particularly those causing widespread disruption to the public, do not take place where a ‘militant’ minority exert their will over the majority of the workforce. Other changes are also proposed, including tighter controls on picketing, longer advance notice of strikes, a need to re-ballot with ongoing disputes, permitting agency workers to replace striking staff and extending the role of the Certification Officer.

September 2015

 

Martin Warren
Martin Warren

Trade Union Bill – Part 2
The latest information on the Trade Union Bill.