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Explanatory Memorandum to Employment Relations (Northern Ireland) Order 2004

 “Pay” and other matters subject to collective bargaining

Paragraph 20 inserts a new paragraph 171A into Schedule 1A. An IC declaration of recognition is for collective bargaining on pay, hours and holidays. Paragraph 171A(1) clarifies that for the purposes of the Schedule, the definition of “pay” does not include any matters relating to a worker’s membership of an occupational or personal pension scheme, his rights under that scheme, or his employer’s contributions to it. Paragraph 171A (2) to (4) permit the Department by order to amend relevant parts of the Schedule to add matters relating to pensions to the core bargaining topics.

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