Following our post on 22 December 2016, “2016: A year of discontent?” the Trade Union Act 2016 (Commencement No. 3 and Transitional) Regulations 2017 SI 2017/139 have been confirmed and the main provisions of the Trade Union Act 2016 are set to come into force on 1 March 2017.
The key provisions coming into force on 1 March 2017 include:
- a 50 per cent turnout requirement for all ballots;
- the requirement that 40 per cent of those entitled to vote must do so in favour of industrial action in “important public service” ballots (including the health, education, transport and border security sectors);
- new rules on information requirements, including the requirement for a clear description of the trade dispute and the planned industrial action on the ballot paper;
- an extension of the notice required for strike action from seven to 14 days; and
- restrictions on “check-off” arrangements which require unions to make a reasonable contribution to the costs of administration.
You can find the full regulations here.