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Trade Union and Labour Relations Act 1974

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13Acts in contemplation or furtherance of trade disputes

(1)An act done by a person in contemplation or furtherance of a trade dispute shall not be actionable in tort on the ground only—

(a)that it induces another person to break a contract of employment; or

(b)that it consists in his threatening that a contract of employment (whether one to which he is a party or not) will be broken or that he will induce another person to break a contract of employment to which that other person is a party.

(2)For the avoidance of doubt it is hereby declared that an act done by a person in contemplation or furtherance of a trade dispute is not actionable in tort on the ground only that it is an interference with the trade, business or employment of another person, or with the right of another person to dispose of his capital or his labour as he wills.

(3)For the avoidance of doubt it is hereby declared that—

(a)an act which by reason of subsection (1) or (2) above is itself not actionable ;

(b)a breach of contract in contemplation or furtherance of a trade dispute ;

shall not be regarded as the doing of an unlawful act or as the use of unlawful means for the purpose of establishing liability in tort.

(4)An agreement or combination by two or more persons to do or procure the doing of any act in contemplation or furtherance of a trade dispute shall not be actionable in tort if the act is one which, if done without any such agreement or combination, would not be actionable in tort.

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