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Explanatory Memorandum to Employment Relations (Northern Ireland) Order 2004

National security: powers of industrial tribunals

Article 17replaces paragraph (6) of Article 12 of the Industrial Tribunals (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 (NI.18) (national security) to clarify that the power conferred by paragraph (5) applies to any proceedings where a national security issue is at stake and not just Crown employment proceedings. This power provides for tribunals to invoke special hearing arrangements where national security issues arise whether or not an application is made to them to do so.

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