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New strike laws will not affect NI

By David Young

Published 16/07/2015

Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry
Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry

Trade union strike law reform plans announced by Westminster will not be introduced in Northern Ireland, it has been revealed.

Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry said yesterday that the Trade Union Bill being taken forward by the government will only apply to Britain - and that he has no plans to initiate similar reforms in Northern Ireland.

In Britain, the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills has opened a public consultation on the proposals including a 50% threshold for ballot turnout, an additional threshold of 40% of support to take industrial action from all members eligible to vote.

Mr Farry said: "I do not believe that these reforms constitute a balanced or proportionate response to any concerns around strikes, but rather risk undermining traditional rights to industrial action."

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