The Trade Union Act has received royal assent. The commencement date for the changes is not yet known. The start date will communicated in due course by a statutory instrument.
The main issues are:-
The Government dropped plans for a blanket prohibition on “check-off’, under which an employer deducts trade union subscriptions from wages on the unions” behalf, in the public sector. It instead allows check-off to continue if the union meets the administration cost.
The Act also fails to mention the much publicised intention to repeal the ban on the use of agency workers to backfill for striking workers. It is likely that such provisions will be included in other secondary legislation, but there has been no indication on the likely timing of this.
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