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Right to Join

Key Points

  • Until 1993, a trade union was able to specify any qualification for membership (Boulting v ACTAT [1963] 1 All ER 716) and in practice could effectively have carte blanche to decide who should and who should not be a member 
  • However, since November 1993, individuals have had a statutory right not to be excluded or expelled from a union, save in four particular circumstances (contained in the amended section 174 Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 (“TULRCA”)). 

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