What can be categorised as a trade dispute?

For industrial action to be lawful, it must be done in contemplation or furtherance of a trade dispute. Matters specified as a trade dispute are:

  • terms and conditions of employment (including physical conditions of work);
  • engagement, non-engagement, termination or suspension of employment of workers;
  • allocation of work or duties between workers;
  • disciplinary issues;
  • membership or non-membership of the union;
  • facilities for union officials; and
  • machinery for negotiation and consultation.