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The Industrial Relations (Northern Ireland) Order 1992

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  1. Introductory Text

  2. PART I INTRODUCTORY

    1. 1.Title and commencement

    2. 2.Interpretation

  3. PART II DEFINITION, STATUS AND GENERAL REGULATION OF TRADE UNIONS AND EMPLOYERS' ASSOCIATIONS

    1. Definition and status

      1. 3.Definition and status of trade union

      2. 4.Definition and status of employers' association

    2. Listing and certification

      1. 5.Lists of trade unions and employers' associations

      2. 6.Certification as independent trade union

    3. Property

      1. 7.Property of trade unions and unincorporated employers' associations

      2. 8.Use of trade union funds for indemnifying unlawful conduct

      3. 9.Remedy against trustees of trade union for unlawful use of property

    4. Records and returns

      1. 10.Duty to keep accounting records

      2. 11.Duties as to annual returns, auditors and members' superannuation schemes

      3. 12.Returns, etc., by trade unions and employers' associations outside Northern Ireland

      4. 13.Offences

    5. Application of existing statutory provisions

      1. 14.Application of existing statutory provisions

  4. PART III RESTRICTIONS ON LEGAL LIABILITY AND LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

    1. Restrictions on legal liability

      1. 15.Acts in contemplation or furtherance of trade disputes

      2. 16.Peaceful picketing

      3. 17.Secondary action

      4. 18.Industrial action to enforce trade union membership

      5. 19.Pressure to impose union membership or recognition requirements

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

    2. Legal proceedings involving trade unions and employers' associations

      1. 21.Actions in tort against trade unions

      2. 22.Limit on damages awarded against trade unions in actions in tort

      3. 23.Recovery of sums awarded in proceedings involving trade unions and employers' associations

    3. Restrictions on powers of court

      1. 24.Court not to compel employee to work

      2. 25.Restrictions on grant of injunctions by court

    4. Enforceability of collective agreements

      1. 26.Enforceability of collective agreements

    5. Union membership or recognition requirements in contracts

      1. 27.Prohibition on union membership requirements

      2. 28.Prohibition on union recognition requirements

  5. PART IV RIGHTS OF TRADE UNION MEMBERS

    1. 29.Right not to be unreasonably excluded or expelled from trade union membership

    2. 30.Compensation for infringement of right under Article 29

    3. 31.Right to terminate membership of trade union

    4. 32.Right to a ballot before industrial action

    5. 33.Right not to be denied access to the courts, etc.

    6. 34.Right not to be unjustifiably disciplined

    7. 35.Complaint of infringement of right under Article 34

    8. 36.Further remedies for infringement of right under Article 34

    9. 37.Right to inspect union’s accounting records

    10. 38.Right to require employer to stop deductions of union subscriptions

  6. PART V DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION

    1. 39.General duty of employers to disclose information

    2. 40.Restrictions on general duty under Article 39

    3. 41.Complaint of failure to disclose information

    4. 42.Further complaint arising from failure to disclose information

    5. 43.Determination of claim and award

  7. PART VI SECRET BALLOTS BEFORE INDUSTRIAL ACTION

    1. 44.Ballots authorising or endorsing industrial action

    2. 45.Requirements to be satisfied in relation to ballots authorising or endorsing industrial action

    3. 46.Interpretation of Part VI

  8. PART VII SECRET BALLOTS FOR TRADE UNION ELECTIONS

    1. 47.Duty of trade union to hold elections for certain positions

    2. 48.General requirements to be satisfied in relation to elections

    3. 49.Requirements as to election address

    4. 50.Requirements as to independent scrutiny

    5. 51.Register of members' names and addresses

    6. 52.Remedy for failure to comply with this Part

    7. 53.Proceedings before Certification Officer: supplementary provisions

    8. 54.Exemptions for certain trade unions

    9. 55.Exemptions for certain persons nearing retirement

    10. 56.Interpretation of Part VII

  9. PART VIII POLITICAL FUNDS AND OBJECTS

    1. 57.Restriction on application of funds for certain political purposes

    2. 58.Contributions to the political fund from members of the union

    3. 59.Approval of rules

    4. 60.Requirements as to ballot under this Part

    5. 61.Remedy with respect to ballots

    6. 62.Assets and liabilities of political fund

    7. 63.Position where resolution has ceased to have effect

    8. 64.Remedy for failure to comply with Article 63(3)(a)

    9. 65.Collection of union dues by employer

    10. 66.Transitional provisions

    11. 67.Relationship of Part VIII and the Trade Union Act 1913

    12. 68.Interpretation of Part VIII

  10. PART IX THE CERTIFICATION OFFICER AND THE COMMISSIONER FOR THE RIGHTS OF TRADE UNION MEMBERS

    1. The Certification Officer for Northern Ireland

      1. 69.The Certification Officer for Northern Ireland

      2. 70.Procedure before, and appeals from, Certification Officer

    2. The Northern Ireland Commissioner for the Rights of Trade Union Members

      1. 71.The Northern Ireland Commissioner for the Rights of Trade Union Members

      2. 72.Assistance by the Commissioner

      3. 73.Provisions supplementary to Article 72

  11. PART X AMALGAMATIONS, ETC.

    1. 74.Conditions for amalgamations and transfers of engagements of trade unions

    2. 75.Manner of voting on, and majority required for, resolution

    3. 76.Power to alter rules of transferee union for purposes of transfer of engagements

    4. 77.Complaint to Certification Officer as regards passing of resolution

    5. 78.Disposal of property on amalgamation or transfer

    6. 79.Change of name of trade union

    7. 80.Regulations

    8. 81.Interpretation of Part X

  12. PART XI MACHINERY FOR PROMOTING IMPROVEMENT OF INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS

    1. The Labour Relations Agency

      1. 82.Constitution of the Labour Relations Agency

      2. 83.General function of the Agency

      3. 84.Functions of the Agency in relation to trade disputes

      4. 85.Notification of procedural agreements

      5. 86.Review of collective bargaining arrangements

      6. 87.Industrial relations training

      7. 88.Industrial relations research

      8. 89.Industrial relations advice

      9. 90.Codes of Practice

    2. The Industrial Court

      1. 91.Constitution of the Industrial Court

      2. 92.Procedure of the Industrial Court

    3. Courts of inquiry

      1. 93.Court of inquiry into trade dispute

      2. 94.Procedure of court of inquiry

    4. Issue by Department of Codes of Practice

      1. 95.Issue by Department of Codes of Practice

    5. Meaning of “trade dispute”in Part XI

      1. 96.Meaning of “trade dispute”in Part XI

  13. PART XII MISCELLANEOUS AND SUPPLEMENTARY

    1. Employee’s individual rights

      1. 97.Written statements of terms of employment

      2. 98.Time off for trade union duties

      3. 99.Period of employment necessary to qualify for statement of reasons for dismissal

      4. 100.Industrial tribunal procedure

      5. 101.Action by an employer to enforce membership of union

    2. Ballots

      1. 102.Payments in respect of secret ballots

      2. 103.Secret ballots on employer’s premises

    3. Nominations by members of trade union

      1. 104.Nominations by members of trade union

    4. Crown employees and contracts, etc.

      1. 105.Crown employees and contracts, etc.

    5. Fair Employment

      1. 106.Amendments to the Fair Employment (Northern Ireland) Acts

    6. Supplementary

      1. 107.Orders and regulations

      2. 108.Amendments, revocations and repeals

  14. Signature

  15. SCHEDULES:

    1. Schedule 1

      — Administrative provisions relating to trade unions and employers' associations.

      1. Part I Annual returns, and qualifications, appointment and removal, and functions, of auditors.

      2. Part II Members' superannuation schemes.

    2. Schedule 2

      — The Northern Ireland Commissioner for the rights of Trade Union Members.

    3. Schedule 3

      — Modifications of Part X as applying to amalgamations and transfers of engagements involving Great Britain unions.

    4. Schedule 4

      — The Labour Relations Agency.

      1. Part I The constitution of the Agency.

      2. Part II Supplementary provisions as to the Agency.

    5. Schedule 5

      — Amendments.

      1. Part I Minor and consequential amendments.

      2. Part II Pre-consolidation amendments.

    6. Schedule 6

      — Repeals.

  16. Explanatory Note

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