Call for comments on revised industrial action code

The Department of Trade and Industry seeks comments on proposed revisions to the Code of Practice on Industrial Action Ballots and Notice to Employers.

The code was first introduced in 1990 to provide practical guidance to trade unions and employers in applying the law on industrial action ballots and notices.

The code does not impose any legal obligations, but it can be taken into account in proceedings before a court that considers its provisions are relevant.

The consultation document includes proposals to:

  • ensure that the code reflects the changes to industrial action law which are contained within the Employment Relations Act 2004
  • provide new guidance for unions and employers relating to the information that unions are required to give employers in advance of industrial action ballots and in advance of any subsequent industrial action.

The consultation will run for 12 weeks, ending on 3 June 2005.


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