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Explanatory Memorandum to Employment Relations (Northern Ireland) Order 2004

Determination of appropriate bargaining unit

Paragraphs 1 and 4 clarify how an appropriate bargaining unit is to be determined by the Industrial Court (IC). Paragraph 2 provides a power for the IC to reduce the 20-day period for the parties to agree a bargaining unit. Paragraph 3 imposes a duty on the employer to supply information to the union(s) and the IC in relation to workers in the union’s proposed bargaining unit.

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