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Registry of Trade Unions and Employers Associations, 1971-1974
Immediate source of acquisition:
from 2000 Certification Office for Trade Unions and Employers Associations
Records transferred to the Certification Office for Trade Unions and Employers' Associations in 1975.
Administrative / biographical background:
The Royal Commission on Trade Unions and Employers' Associations 1965-1968 recommended that an independent review body be established to provide for cases of alleged trade union election malpractice to be investigated and brought to trial, and to take over the functions of the Registry of Friendly Societies concerning trade unions. The Registry of Trade Unions and Employers' Associations was created to fulfil this role under the Industrial Relations Act 1971, which instituted a completely new system of trade union regulation. This registry was abolished by the Trade Union and Labour Relations Act 1974 which broadly restored the pre-1971 position. On 1 February 1976 a different statutory regime commenced, by the provisions of the Employment Protection Act 1975. A new Certification Office was established, principally to continue a procedure for certifying the independence of trade unions and employers associations. The former statutory control over the general content of trade union and employers association rule books was abolished, except only for those rules governing political funds.
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