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The Industrial Relations (Northern Ireland) Order 1992


This is the original version (as it was originally made).

Use of trade union funds for indemnifying unlawful conduct

8.—(1) It shall be unlawful for any of the property of a trade union to be applied—

(a)in or towards the payment for any individual, or securing the payment for any individual, of any penalty which has been or may be imposed on him for a relevant offence or for contempt of court; or

(b)in or towards the provision of anything for indemnifying any individual in respect of any penalty which has been or may be imposed on him for any such offence or for contempt of court.

(2) Where any property of a trade union is applied in contravention of paragraph (1) for the benefit of a particular individual on whom a penalty has been or may be imposed—

(a)in the case of a payment, an amount equal to the amount of the payment shall be recoverable by the union from that individual; and

(b)in the case of an application of property otherwise than by the making of a payment, that individual shall be liable to account to the union for the value of the property.

(3) A member of a trade union who claims that a failure by that union to bring or continue any proceedings by virtue of paragraph (2) is unreasonable may apply to the High Court for an authorisation under this paragraph; and where, on such an application, the High Court is satisfied that the failure is unreasonable, the court may make an order authorising the applicant to bring or continue the proceedings on the union’s behalf and at the union’s expense.

(4) In this Article—

  • “penalty”, in relation to a relevant offence, includes an order to pay compensation and an order for the forfeiture of any property, and references to the imposition of a penalty for an offence shall be construed accordingly;

  • “relevant offence” means any offence other than an offence for the time being designated by order made by the Department as an offence in relation to which this Article does not apply.

(5) Paragraph (1) shall be without prejudice to any statutory provision, rule of law or provision of the rules of a trade union which, apart from this Article, makes it unlawful for the property of a trade union to be applied in a particular way; and paragraphs (2) and (3) shall be without prejudice to any remedy available otherwise than under this Article to a trade union, the trustees of its property or any of its members in respect of any unlawful application of the union’s property.

(6) In this Article and Article 9 “member” in relation to a trade union consisting wholly or partly of, or of representatives of, constituent or affiliated organisations, includes any member of any of the constituent or affiliated organisations.

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