February 28, 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).