Monday, 20 June 2011

Lawful Industrial Action (Minor Errors) Bill 2010-11

1st reading: House of Commons 30 June, 2010 30.06.2010

2nd reading: House of Commons 14.10.2011

Latest news on the Bill
This Bills Second reading debate was on 22 October 2010 but ran out of time. It is expected to resume its Second reading debate on 14 October 2011.

The Bill was presented to Parliament through the ballot procedure on 30 June 2010. This is known as the first reading and there was no debate on the Bill at this stage.

This Bill is a Private Member’s Bill. These are often not printed until close to the Second reading debate. If the text is not yet available here and you wish to know more about this bill, please contact its sponsor, John McDonnell.

Summary of the Bill
The Bill proposes reducing regulatory burdens on trade unions in relation to the balloting and notice requirements for lawful industrial action.

It would extend the provision for small accidental errors contained in section 232B of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992.

The burden of proof in applications by an employer to restrain strike action by injunction would be changed, so that the employer would have to show that the union has failed to achieve 'substantial compliance' with the ballot and notice requirements.

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