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Trade Union Act 2016

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Six statutory instruments have been made under the Trade Union Act 2016, which now make it clear the Act will come into force on 1 March 2017 (even though everyone knew that anyway).

The Trade Union Act prohibits industrial action (more accurately, the industrial action will not be protected by law and thus can be stopped by an injunction) unless there has been a ballot turnout of at least 50%.

In important public services, including in the health, education, transport, border security and fire sectors, an additional threshold of 40% of support to take industrial action from all eligible members must be met for action to be legal.