Trade Union and Labour Relations Act 1974

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Trade Union and Labour Relations Act 1974
Long title An Act to repeal the Industrial Relations Act 1971; to make provision with respect to the law relating to trade unions, employers' associations, workers and employers, including the law relating to unfair dismissal, and with respect to the jurisdiction and procedure of industrial tribunals; and for connected purposes.
Citation 1974 c. 52
Territorial extent United Kingdom
Royal assent 31 July 1974
Other legislation
Repealed by Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992
Status: Repealed
Text of statute as originally enacted

The Trade Union and Labour Relations Act 1974 was a UK Act of Parliament, now replaced by the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992. The 1974 Act was introduced by the Labour Government, and both repealed and replaced the Conservatives' Industrial Relations Act 1971. Together with the Employment Protection Act 1975, the act formed the basis of the Labour Party's employment law programme under the Social Contract.


TULRA 1974's main provisions mirror those found in TULRCA 1992 today, with fewer complexities and restrictions. It contains rules on trade unions functioning and legal status, the presumption that a collective agreement is not binding, and immunity of unions who take strike action in contemplation or furtherance of a trade dispute.