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The Trade Union and Labour Relations (Northern Ireland) Order 1995


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Duties of employer who deducts union contributions

Employer not to deduct contributions where member gives certificate

60.—(1)  If a member of a trade union which has a political fund certifies in writing to his employer that, or to the effect that, he is not a contributor to the fund, the employer shall ensure that no amount representing a contribution to the political fund is deducted by him from emoluments payable to the member.

(2) The employer’s duty under paragraph (1) applies from the first day, following the giving of the certificate, on which it is reasonably practicable for him to comply with that paragraph, until the certificate is withdrawn.

(3) An employer may not refuse to deduct any union dues from emoluments payable to a person who has given a certificate under this Article if he continues to deduct union dues from emoluments payable to other members of the union, unless his refusal is not attributable to the giving of the certificate or otherwise connected with the duty imposed by paragraph (1).

Application to county court in respect of employer’s failure

61.—(1)  A person who claims his employer has failed to comply with Article 60 in deducting or refusing to deduct any amount from emoluments payable to him may apply to the county court.

(2) If the county court is satisfied that there has been such a failure it shall make a declaration to that effect.

(3) The county court may, if it considers it appropriate to do so in order to prevent a repetition of the failure, make an order requiring the employer to take, within a specified time, the steps specified in the order in relation to emoluments payable by him to the applicant.

(4) Where in proceedings arising out of Article 60(3) (refusal to deduct union dues) the question arises whether the employer’s refusal to deduct an amount was attributable to the certificate having been given or was otherwise connected with the duty under Article 60(1), it is for the employer to satisfy the county court that it was not.

Application of provisions of Wages Order

62.—(1)  The following provisions apply where a certificate has been given by a worker to his employer for the purposes of Article 60.

(2) Nothing in the worker’s contract, or in any agreement or consent signified by him, shall be taken for the purposes of Article 3 of the Wages Order (general restriction on deductions from wages) as authorising the making of deductions in contravention of the obligation imposed on the employer in consequence of the giving of the certificate.

(3) No complaint under Article 7 of the Wages Order (complaint to industrial tribunal in respect of unauthorised deduction) shall be presented in respect of a deduction made in contravention of the obligation imposed on the employer in consequence of the giving of the certificate unless a declaration has been made under Article 61(2), either before or after the date of payment of the wages from which the deduction was made, that the employer has failed to comply with that obligation.

(4) Article 7(2) of the Wages Order (time limit for presenting complaint) shall be read in relation to a complaint in respect of such a deduction, or of a series of deductions of which such a deduction is the last, as referring, if it is later, to the date of the declaration instead of to the date of payment of the wages from which the deduction was made.

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