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Trade Union Act 2016: main provisions come into force on 1 March 2017


The Trade Union Act 2016 into force on 1 March 2017. The major changes include:

  • Ballots: 50% turnout requirement.
  • Ballots in “important public services”: additional 40% support requirement.
  • Information requirements in relation to voting papers and information provided to members on the result of a ballot.
  • Union supervision of picketing.
  • Check-off in the public sector: the power to make Regulations to require unions to make a reasonable payment to employers for operation of a check-off system.