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Workers' Rights

Volume 828: debated on Thursday 16 December 1971

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment when he will implement the provisions of the Industrial Relations Act, 1971, which confer new rights on workers in relation to unfair dismissal and trade union membership.

Section of the ActSubject matter of provisions
(a) Trade Union Membership and Activities
5–6Rights of workers to belong to a trade union or not to belong to a trade union or organisation of workers.
7Pre-entry closed shop agreements to be void.
10Reference to industrial tribunal of disputes relating to appropriate contributions and payments to charity by conscientious objectors.
(b) Unfair Dismissal
22–30 and 33 (insofar as not already in operation).Unfair dismissal provisions.
151Period of continuous employment.
(c) Contracts of Employment Act 1963
19–21 and Schedule 2Amendments to certain provisions of the Contracts of Employment Act 1963.
66 and 70Unfair industrial practice in connection with the guiding principles for organisations of workers or employers.
96Inducement of, or threat to induce, breach of contract.
97Industrial action in support of an unfair industrial practice.
98Industrial action against extraneous parties.
81–83Investigations by the registrar into breaches of rules and of guiding principles.
103–104Complaint by registrar to Industrial Court in consequence of application under section 81 or section 83.
100 (so far as not already in operation).Extended scope of industrial tribunals.
106Complaint to industrial tribunal of unfair industrial practice under section 5 or section 22.
107Complaint by individual of unfair industrial practice under section 66 or section 70 or of breach of rules.
108Complaint by registrar to industrial tribunal in consequence of application under section 81.
109Determination of complaint under section 107 or section 108.
111Transfer of cases between industrial tribunals and Industrial Court.
123Annual report of the Commission on Industrial Relations.
128No compulsion to work or to take part in industrial action.
131Avoidance of encroachment on jurisdiction of Industrial Court or of industrial tribunals.
132Refers to acts done in contemplation or furtherance of an industrial dispute.
133Repeals section 4 of the Conspiracy and Protection of Property Act 1875 and section 31 of the Electricity (Supply) Act 1919 which apply to gas, water and electricity supply.
134Peaceful picketing.
136 (so far as not already in operation).General restrictions on jurisdiction of Industrial Court.
137Application of Part VII to Scotland.

I propose shortly to lay before Parliament a Commencement Order bringing into force Part II and Schedule 2 of the Act on Monday, 28th February. Certain other parts of the Act will come into force at the same time. The full list of provisions brought into effect by the Commencement Order will be as follows:

Section of the Act

Subject matter of provisions

146Appointment and functions of Conciliation Officers.
152 and Schedule 7Amendment to certain provisions of the Terms and Conditions of Employment Act 1959.
147The effect of strike notice.
148Teacher in state aided school dismissed on requirement of local education authority.
149Race Relations Act 1968.

Schedule of the Act

Subject matter of Schedule

3 Part IV (so far as not already in operation).Disclosure of information.
8 and 9Consequential amendments and repeals of other legislation including repeals of the Trade Union Act 1906 and Trade Union Act 1965.