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Trade Union (Wales) Act 2017

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1Amendments to the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992

(1)The Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 (c.52) (as amended by the Trade Union Act 2016 (c.15)) is amended as follows.

(2)In section 116B (restriction on deduction of union subscriptions from wages in public sector), after subsection (3) insert—

(3A)But regulations under subsection (3) may not specify—

(a)a devolved Welsh authority, or

(b)a description of public authority that applies to a devolved Welsh authority..

(3)In section 172A (publication requirements in relation to facility time), after subsection (2) insert—

(2A)But regulations under subsection (1) may not specify—

(a)a devolved Welsh authority, or

(b)a description of public authority that applies to a devolved Welsh authority..

(4)In section 226 (requirement of ballot before action by trade union), after subsection (2E) insert—

(2EA)But regulations under subsection (2D) may not specify services provided by a devolved Welsh authority.

(5)After section 297A insert—

297BDevolved Welsh authorities

For the purposes of this Act a “devolved Welsh authority” has the same meaning as in section 157A of the Government of Wales Act 2006 (c.32).

(6)In section 299 (index of defined expressions) add “devolved Welsh authority” and (in the corresponding column) “section 297B”.

2Prohibition on using temporary workers to cover industrial action

(1)A devolved Welsh authority may not hire a worker supplied by a person carrying on an employment business to perform—

(a)duties normally performed by a member of its staff (“S”) while S is taking part in a strike or other industrial action, or

(b)the duties of any other member of its staff assigned to perform the duties normally performed by S.

(2)But subsection (1) does not apply if either the strike or other industrial action is unofficial.

(3)For the purposes of this section a strike or other industrial action is unofficial if it would be regarded as unofficial for the purposes of section 237 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 (c.52).

(4) In this section—

3Coming into force

The provisions in section 1 and section 2 come into force on whatever day or days the Welsh Ministers appoint by order made by statutory instrument (and this section and section 4 come into force on the day after this Act receives Royal Assent).

4Short title

The short title of this Act is the Trade Union (Wales) Act 2017.

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