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The Sex Discrimination (Northern Ireland) Order 1988

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Removal of restrictions on working hours and conditions of women

12.—(1) The following provisions of the Factories Act (Northern Ireland) 1965(1) (which contain provisions with respect to women and young persons employed in factories) shall cease to have effect with respect to women, that is to say—

(a)section 86 (general conditions as to hours of employment);

(b)section 88 (notice fixing hours of employment);

(c)section 91 (restriction of employment inside and outside factory on the same day);

(d)section 92 (prohibition of use during intervals of rooms where a process is being carried out);

(e)section 93 (prohibition of Sunday employment); and

(f)section 94 (annual holidays),

and accordingly, in section 89(9)(a) of that Act (which relates to overtime working), for the words from “a woman” to “so employed” there shall be substituted the words “a young person shall not be employed overtime in the factory”.

(2) The following provisions of the Mines Act (Northern Ireland) 1969(2) (which contain provisions with respect to women and young persons employed in mines) shall cease to have effect with respect to women, that is to say—

(a)section 109 (hours of work and periods of employment); and

(b)section 110 (register of women and young persons employed).

(3) Article 13 of the Quarries (Northern Ireland) Order 1983(3) (which relates to the regulation of hours of employment and holidays of women and young persons employed in quarries) shall cease to have effect with respect to women.

(4) In paragraph (1), (2) or (3) “women” has the same meaning as in the Factories Act (Northern Ireland) 1965, the Mines Act (Northern Ireland) 1969 or the Quarries (Northern Ireland) Order 1983, as the case may be.

(5) The Department may by order subject to negative resolution make such provision amending or revoking any order or regulations made under the Factories Act (Northern Ireland) 1965 or under any enactment repealed by that Act as the Department considers appropriate—

(a)in consequence of paragraphs (1) to (3); or

(b)for removing any restriction which is contained in any such order or regulations and which appears to the Department to be equivalent to a restriction removed by those paragraphs;

and an order under this paragraph may contain such consequential and transitional provision as appears to the Department to be expedient.

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