Blacklisting of union activists to be illegal
Minister for Employment and Learning Stephen Farry has approved regulations that make it unlawful to blacklist workers from employment as a result of their union membership or activities.
The Employment Relations (NI) Order 1999 (Blacklists) Regulations (NI) 2014 will come into operation on April 6. Under the regulations, current and former trade union members may complain to an industrial tribunal if they are refused employment or unfairly dismissed for a reason relating to a blacklist. Employment agencies will be unable to refuse to provide a service because a worker appears on a blacklist.
Dr Farry said: "Blacklisting an individual because he or she is a member of a trade union is totally unacceptable."
The department has published guidance at www.delni.gov.uk/blacklisting-regulations-ni-guidance.htm.