Employment Act 1980

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The Employment Act 1980[1]
Long title An Act to provide for payments out of public funds towards trade unions’ expenditure in respect of ballots, for the use of employers’ premises in connection with ballots, and for the issue by the Secretary of State of Codes of Practice for the improvement of industrial relations; to make provision in respect of exclusion or expulsion from trade unions and otherwise to amend the law relating to workers, employers, trade unions and employers’ associations; to repeal section 1A of the Trade Union and Labour Relations Act 1974; and for connected purposes.
Citation 1980 c 42
Territorial extent Paragraph 7 of Schedule 1 extended to Northern Ireland, but otherwise the Act did not extend there.[2]
Royal assent 1 August 1980
Text of statute as originally enacted
Revised text of statute as amended

The Employment Act 1980 (c 42) is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, mainly relating to trade unions.


It restricted the definition of lawful picketing and introduced ballots on the existence of the closed shop where it operated, needing 80% support of the workers to be maintained.

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  • B A Hepple, Paul O'Higgins and Lord Wedderburn of Charlton. Sweet & Maxwell's Labour Relations Statutes and Materials. Second Edition. Sweet & Maxwell. London. 1983. ISBN 0 421 32010 9. pp 446-457.
  1. ^ The citation of this Act by this short title was authorised by section 21(1) of this Act. Due to the repeal of that provision, it is now authorised by section 19(2) of the Interpretation Act 1978.
  2. ^ The Employment Act 1980, section 21(4) (repealed)