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The Industrial Relations (Northern Ireland) Order 1992

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Change of name of trade union

79.—(1) Subject to this Article, a trade union may change its name by any method of doing so expressly provided for by its rules or, if its rules do not expressly provide for a method of doing so, by adopting in accordance with its rules an alteration of the provision in them which gives the union its name.

(2) If the name of a trade union is for the time being entered in the list of trade unions under Article 5, a change of its name shall not take effect until approved by the Certification Officer under this Part; and the Certification Officer shall not approve a change of name if it appears to him that the proposed new name is the same as one entered in either of the lists under that Article as the name of another trade union or employers' association or is a name so nearly resembling such a name as to be likely to deceive the public.

(3) Where a trade union changes its name, the change of name shall not affect any right or obligation of the union or of any of its members, and any pending legal proceedings may be continued by or against the union or the trustees of the union notwithstanding its change of name.

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