Protection of Employment (Exceptional Collective Redundancies and Related Matters) Act 2007


Amendment of section 5 (dismissal by way of lock-out or for taking part in strike) of the Unfair Dismissals Act 1977.

26.— Section 5 of the Unfair Dismissals Act 1977 is amended by inserting the following after subsection (2):

“(2A) Without prejudice to the applicability of any of the provisions of section 6 to the case, where—

(a) an employee—

(i) is deemed by subsection (1) to have been dismissed by reason of a lock-out, or

(ii) is dismissed for taking part in a strike or other industrial action,


(b) none of those who were locked out, or took part in the strike or industrial action, were re-engaged,

in determining whether, in those circumstances, the dismissal is an unfair dismissal, the rights commissioner, the Tribunal or the Circuit Court, as the case may be, shall have regard, for that purpose only, to—

(i) the reasonableness or otherwise of the conduct (whether by act or omission) of the employer or employee in relation to the dismissal,

(ii) the extent (if any) of the compliance or failure to comply by the employer with the procedure referred to in section 14(1),

(iii) the extent (if any) of the compliance or failure to comply by the employer or the employee with provisions of any code of practice referred to in section 7(2)(d), and

(iv) whether the parties have adhered to any agreed grievance procedures applicable to the employment in question at the time of the lock-out, strike or industrial action.”.