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Explanatory Memorandum to Employment Relations (Northern Ireland) Order 2004

Power of the IC to extend notification period

Paragraph 7 amends paragraph 24 of Schedule 1A. Paragraph 24 provides a fixed period in which the union and employer jointly may notify the IC that they do not wish the IC to arrange a ballot. Paragraph 7 gives the IC the ability to extend the notification period on the request of both parties to give the parties more time to try to reach a voluntary agreement on recognition.

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