Trade Union Act 2016 now in force

The Trade Union Act 2016 has recently been enacted and is tightening up on the rules, particularly regarding industrial action.

Industrial action can only ever go ahead where there has been a ballot turnout of at least 50%.

In public services, such as health, fire sectors and border security, there has to be 40% support for the action for it to be legal.

The industrial action has to be carried out within 6 months.

It has to be clear to union members what the dispute is and what the planned industrial action is on the ballot paper so they are fully informed when they vote.

What this means for employers

The changes are unlikely to affect most of employers – more as taxpayers or members of the public.

But those of you who do recognise a union and have union members do need to be aware of the changes.

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