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27. (1) Where, for any week or part of a week a person does not work because there is a stoppage of work due to a trade dispute within the meaning of Article 2(2) of the Jobseekers (Northern Ireland) Order 1995(1) at their place of employment, that person’s continuity of employment shall, subject to paragraph (2), be treated, for the purposes of Part 12ZA of the Act, as continuing throughout the stoppage but, subject to paragraph (3), no such week shall count in the computation of their period of employment.
(2) Subject to paragraph (3), where during the stoppage of work a person is dismissed from their employment, that person’s continuity of employment shall not be treated in accordance with paragraph (1) as continuing beyond the commencement of the day they stopped work.
(3) The provisions of paragraph (1), to the extent that they provide that a week in which the stoppage of work occurred shall not count in the computation of a period of employment, and paragraph (2) shall not apply to a person who proves that at no time did they have a direct interest in the trade dispute in question.
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