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Trade Union (Wales) Act 2017

Removing restrictions on deduction of union subscriptions from wages in the public sector

12.Section 1(2) provides that section 116B of the 1992 Act (inserted by section 15 of the 2016 Act), which restricts the circumstances in which union subscriptions may be deducted from the wages of workers in the public sector, does not apply to devolved Welsh public authorities.

13.Some employers deduct trade union subscription from the wages of their workers (referred to as “check off”). Section 116B imposes restrictions so that such deductions may not be made unless workers have the option to pay their union subscriptions by other means, and arrangements have been made for the union to make reasonable payments to the employer in respect of the making of the deductions.

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