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Many employers enter into arrangements with one or more trade unions for the deduction by the employer of union subscriptions from the pay of workers who are also union members. This is commonly referred to as ‘check off’. However, where such arrangements exist, the employer must not make any deduction from its workers’ pay in respect of union dues unless:
the worker has authorised the making of deductions for union subscriptions from his wages in writing, and
that authorisation has not been withdrawn
When section 116B of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 (TULR(C)A 1992) is brought into effect, certain relevant public sector employers are to be prohibited from making deductions from wages in respect of trade union membership subscriptions unless:
workers have the option to pay those subscriptions by other means, and
the union pays a reasonable sum to the employer for making the deductions
The relevant public sector employers affected are to be specified in regulations. Draft regulations have been published, which are to come into force on 10 March 2018, setting out the relevant public sector employers. Dev
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