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[F1Right to apply to Certification OfficerF2N.I.

90A.(1) A person who claims that there has been a breach or threatened breach of the rules of a trade union relating to any of the matters mentioned in paragraph (2) may apply to the Certification Officer for a declaration to that effect, subject to paragraphs (3) to (7).

(2) The matters are—

(a)the appointment or election of a person to, or the removal of a person from, any office;

(b)disciplinary proceedings by the union (including expulsion);

(c)the balloting of members on any issue other than industrial action;

(d)the constitution or proceedings of any executive committee or of any decision-making meeting;

(e)such other matters as may be specified in an order made by the Department.

(3) The applicant must be a member of the union, or have been one at the time of the alleged breach or threatened breach.

(4) A person may not apply under paragraph(1) in relation to a claim if he is entitled to apply under Article 55 in relation to the claim.

(5) No application may be made regarding—

(a)the dismissal of an employee of the union;

(b)disciplinary proceedings against an employee of the union.

(6) An application must be made—

(a)within the period of six months starting with the day on which the breach or threatened breach is alleged to have taken place, or

(b)if within that period any internal complaints procedure of the union is invoked to resolve the claim, within the period of six months starting with the earlier of the days specified in paragraph (7).

(7) Those days are—

(a)the day on which the procedure is concluded, and

(b)the last day of the period of one year beginning with the day on which the procedure is invoked.

(8) The reference in paragraph (1) to the rules of a union includes references to the rules of any branch or section of the union.

(9) In paragraph (2)(c) “industrial action” means a strike or other industrial action by persons employed under contracts of employment.

(10) For the purposes of paragraph (2)(d) a committee is an executive committee if—

(a)it is a committee of the union concerned and has power to make executive decisions on behalf of the union or on behalf of a constituent body,

(b)it is a committee of a major constituent body and has power to make executive decisions on behalf of that body, or

(c)it is a sub-committee of a committee falling within sub-paragraph (a) or (b).

(11) For the purposes of paragraph (2)(d) a decision-making meeting is—

(a)a meeting of members of the union concerned (or the representatives of such members) which has power to make a decision on any matter which, under the rules of the union, is final as regards the union or which, under the rules of the union or a constituent body, is final as regards that body, or

(b)a meeting of members of a major constituent body (or the representatives of such members) which has power to make a decision on any matter which, under the rules of the union or the body, is final as regards that body.

(12) For the purposes of paragraphs (10) and (11), in relation to the trade union concerned—

(a)a constituent body is any body which forms part of the union, including a branch, group, section or region;

(b)a major constituent body is such a body which has more than 1,000 members.

(13) No order shall be made under paragraph (2)(e) unless a draft of it has been laid before and approved by resolution of the Assembly.

(14) If a person applies to the Certification Officer under this Article in relation to an alleged breach or threatened breach he may not apply to the High Court in relation to the breach or threatened breach; but nothing in this paragraph shall prevent such a person from exercising any right to appeal against or challenge the Certification Officer's decision on the application to him.

(15) If—

(a)a person applies to the High Court in relation to an alleged breach or threatened breach, and

(b)the breach or threatened breach is one in relation to which he could have made an application to the Certification Officer under this Article,

he may not apply to the Certification Officer under this Article in relation to the breach or threatened breach.]

F2functions transf. by SR 1999/481

Non-textual amendments applied to the whole Legislation can be found in the Introduction

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