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Trade unions and industrial action: key differences in Scotland and Northern Ireland

Updating author: Updating author: Nick Chronias, consultant editor (Northern Ireland): Andrew Spratt

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Northern Ireland: There is no equivalent in Northern Ireland of the Trade Union Act 2016, which applies in Great Britain and makes changes to the law on various matters including balloting and picketing.


The legislation that applies in England and Wales extends to Scotland with the exception of the Highways Act 1980 (under which it is a criminal offence wilfully to obstruct the free passage along a highway without lawful authority or excuse).