Employment Act 1980

Employment Act 1980

a UK statute regulating TRADE UNIONS and INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS. The Act established state payments to finance secret ballots for union elections, for authorizing changes in union rules and for deciding whether STRIKE action should be taken. Individuals were given the right not to be excluded from union membership where a CLOSED SHOP exists. Certain forms of SECONDARY ACTION were made actionable in the civil courts. See EMPLOYMENT ACT 1982, EMPLOYMENT ACT 1988, EMPLOYMENT ACT 1990, TRADE UNION ACT 1984, TRADE UNION REFORM AND EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS ACT 1993.
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It was first introduced in 1975 under the Employment Protection Act and then extended by the Employment Act 1980, but long qualifying periods meant only half of women qualified.

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