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New Provisions Of The Trade Union Act 2016

New Provisions Of The Trade Union Act 2016

Following my previous update on the Trade Union Act 2016 which hit the statute books last year, the new major provisions are now in force effective from 1st March 2017.

This is undoubtedly the most significant shake up of the law of industrial action in a generation.

To stay ahead of the game, HR practitioners that deal with trade unions must be briefed on the significant changes that are brought about by the new legislation. The threshold turnout requirements for strike ballots are of particular importance, especially to “important public services”, for which trade unions will have a ‘double threshold’ to meet.

The passage of the legislation was controversial, with the trade union movement describing it as vindictive and unnecessary. It is, however, here to stay, as the Government was determined to address what it described as “undemocratic” industrial action.

We have arranged three ‘pop-up’ lunches to discuss the detail of the new provisions and the impact of the changes. The sessions will take place in our Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh offices, details of these are:

Tuesday 28 March 2017, Glasgow
12.30pm – 1.30pm (registration and light lunch from 12.15pm)

Thursday 30 March 2017, Edinburgh
12.30pm – 1.30pm (registration and light lunch from 12.15pm)

Thursday 4 May 2017, Aberdeen
12.30pm – 1.30pm (registration and light lunch from 12.15pm)

If you would like to book a place at one of the sessions please email Leigh Mathieson at leigh.mathieson@burnesspaull.com

At these sessions, delegates will

  • Gain a core understanding of the implications of the new Trade Union Act 2016
  • Hear about worked examples with a practical focus on the application of the new rules:-
    • The new threshold turnout limits
    • The definition of “important public services”
    • The ballot notification regime and timescales for compliance
    • The impact on the law of picketing.

David Morgan
Partner

Burness admin