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Trade Union Act 2016 – Implementation Dates

The Trade Union Act 2016 received Royal Assent on 4 May 2016. We have been awaiting details of the implementation dates. These are now available in relation to the main provisions of the Act.

The Government has published a Statutory Instrument entitled the Trade Union Act 2016 (Commencement no 3 and Transitional) Regulations 2017.

1. Industrial Action

Ballots

The new rules on ballots will come into effect on 1 March 2017. This means that for any ballot where Electoral Reform Services send out the ballot paper on or after 1 March 2017 the new rules will apply.

The new rules include the following:

  • 50% turn out for all ballots
  • 40 support in “important public services”
  • New information on the ballot paper

Picketing

The new rules on union supervision of picketing will come into effect on 1 March 2017.

2. Political Funds

As expected the transition period of 12 months will commence on 1 March 2017 so the new rules will come into effect on 1 March 2018.

3. Facility Time and Check-off in the Public Sector

The Secretary of State will be given the power to make Regulations on the publication requirements in relation to facility time in the public sector as of 1 March 2017. The Secretary of State will also be given the power to make Regulations on the restriction of union subscriptions from wages in the public sector as of 1 March 2017. This does not mean that these new rules will come into effect on that date, but only that the Secretary of State has power to make the new rules from then.

If you have any further queries please get in touch with the office by email gmbleicesterservices@leicester.gov.uk or on 0116 454 2020. Thank You.

Posted: 15th February 2017

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