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  Philip McCabe    
  February 28, 2017

Main provisions of Trade Union Act 2016 in force on 1 March 2017

The Trade Union Act 2016 (Commencement No. 3 and Transitional) Regulations 2017 have been made which confirms the major provisions of the Trade Union Act 2016 will come into force on 1 March 2017.

Among the provisions coming into force on 1 March are:

  • 50% turnout requirement for all ballots (S.2 of the 2016 Act);

  • A requirement that 40% of those entitled to vote support industrial action in important public service ballots (S.3);

  • New rules governing the information that must be included on the ballot paper (S.5); and

  • Restrictions on ‘check-off’ arrangements, requiring unions to make a reasonable contribution to the cost of administration (S.15).


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