Labour & European Law Review
05 September 2016
The Trade Union Act 2016, which received royal assent on 5 May, represents the most significant changes to the law on industrial action and picketing in a generation.
The changes to the Certification Officer’s role are the second instalment of a Conservative programme of using the role to maximise the opportunities for employers to challenge industrial action, while imposing the maximum possible administrative burden on trade unions and attempting to marginalise their influence in society.
Trade Unions can only make payments for defined “political objects” from their political funds.
When the Trade Union Bill (now enacted) was first published in July 2015, the government included a provision to ban check-off across the public sector.