DTI issues strike ballots and notice

The consultation document setting out revisions and updates to the 1995 code
of practice on strike ballots and notice to employers has been published by the

The 16-page draft statutory code provides guidance on the law and examples
of good practice. It updates the original document to reflect changes brought
in by the Employment Relations Act, 1999.

The new law allows the validity of a ballot to be extended by up to four
weeks if union and employer agree, to allow time for negotiations to continue.
It allows the courts to disregard small accidental failures when ballots are
organised and clarifies when a union can aggregate results. It also removes the
requirement for unions to name the members being balloted in some

Employers have until 5 June to get their responses in.


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