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Explanatory Memorandum to Employment Relations (Northern Ireland) Order 2004

Union communications with workers after acceptance of application

Paragraph 5 inserts new paragraphs 19C to 19F after paragraph 19B of Schedule 1A (which is inserted by paragraph 4 of this order). At present, a union may only formally communicate with workers during the period within which a ballot ordered by the IC is to be conducted. Paragraph 5 provides a right for a union to communicate with the workers in the bargaining unit from the point when the IC accepts an application for recognition. This communication takes place via a suitable independent person.

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