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Explanatory Memorandum to Employment Relations (Northern Ireland) Order 2004

Additional duties on employers informed of ballots

Paragraph 9 places two new duties on employers who have been informed by the IC under paragraph 25(9) of Schedule 1A that a ballot is required. In addition to the existing three duties, there now is a new fourth duty on the employer to refrain from making an offer to any or all of the workers in the bargaining unit which has the effect, or is likely to have the effect, of inducing any or all of those workers not to attend a relevant meeting between the union(s) and the workers constituting the bargaining unit, unless that offer is reasonable in the circumstances. The new fifth duty on the employer is not to take or threaten to take action against a worker solely or mainly because that worker attended or took part in a relevant meeting or because that worker indicated that he intended to attend or to take part in such a meeting.

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