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The main provisions of the Trade Union Act 2016, which come into force on and apply to votes taking place on or after 1 March 2017, include:
- A requirement for at least a 50% of all eligible trade union members to have voted.
- A requirement, in addition to at least a 50% turnout, for 40% of the vote to be in favour of the proposed industrial action. This relates to workers in ‘important public services’, which currently include health services, education of under 17 years, fire services and transport services.
- Information requirements in relation to voting papers and information provided to members on the result of a ballot.
- Union supervision of picketing.
Industrial action taken in breach of the above will not be protected and can be stopped by injunctive proceedings.
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