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The Industrial Relations (Northern Ireland) Order 1992

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Industrial action authorised or endorsed by trade union without support of a ballot

20.—(1) Nothing in Article 15 shall prevent an act done by a trade union without the support of a ballot from being actionable in tort (whether or not against the trade union) on the ground that it induced a person to break his contract of employment or to interfere with its performance.

(2) Nothing in Article 15 shall prevent an act done by a trade union from being actionable in tort (whether or not against the trade union) on the ground that it induced a person to break a commercial contract or to interfere with its performance where—

(a)one of the facts relied upon for the purpose of establishing liability is that the union induced another person to break his contract of employment or to interfere with its performance; and

(b)by virtue of paragraph (1), nothing in Article 15 would prevent the act of inducement referred to in sub-paragraph (a) from being actionable in tort.

(3) Part VI has effect for determining whether an act shall be taken for the purposes of paragraph (1) as having been done with the support of a ballot.

(4) In this Article “commercial contract” means any contract which is not a contract of employment.

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