The Act received Royal Assent on 4th May 2016. It provides the various provisions including:
- The requirement for at least 50% turnout in votes for industrial action to take place.
- In certain public services an additional threshold of 40% of support to take industrial action from all eligible members must be met for action to be legal. These include the health, education and transport sectors as well as border security and fire.
- Creating a transparent process for trade union subscriptions which will allow new members to make an active choice of paying into political funds.
The actual commencement of this Act is not yet known but we will keep you updated once the statutory instrument is introduced to bring into effect.