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Lawful Industrial Action (Minor Errors) Bill 2010-12

Type of Bill:
Private Members' Bill (Ballot Bill)
John McDonnell

Progress of the Bill

Bill started in the House of Commons

  1. House of Commons
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  2. House of Lords
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  3. Consideration of Amendments
  4. Royal Assent

Next event

  • 2nd reading: House of Commons 2nd reading: House of Commons | 02.03.2012

Latest Bill

House Bill Date
Commons BILL 4 2010-11 as introduced (PDF, 76KB) 08.09.2010

Latest news on the Bill

The Bill was not moved for debate on 2 March 2012. The order to read the Bill a second time lapsed. There is no indication when the Bill will progress further.

The Bill had its first reading on 30 June 2010 and started its second reading debate on 22 October 2010 but ran out of time.  The Bill was introduced through the Ballot Bill procedure.

If you require any further information about the Bill then please contact the sponsor John McDonnell.

Summary of the Bill

The Bill proposes reducing regulatory burdens on trade unions in relation to the balloting and notice requirements for lawful industrial action.

It would extend the provision for small accidental errors contained in section 232B of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992.

The burden of proof in applications by an employer to restrain strike action by injunction would be changed, so that the employer would have to show that the union has failed to achieve 'substantial compliance' with the ballot and notice requirements.

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