A Trade Union who is conducting a ballot for industrial action must, if there are more than 50 members entitled to vote, appoint a Qualified Independent Person as the scruitneer of the ballot. The Trade Union Elections and Ballots (Independent Scrutineer Qualifications) Order (Northern Ireland) 1992 as amended by the 2003 Order, outlines the individuals and organisations that can act as a QIP. These include practising solicitors, qualified accounts and three organisations, Electoral Reform (Ballot Services) Limited; Popularis Limited; and, Involvement and Participation Association.
The Agency’s Enquiry Point is available to employers, employees, trade unions and others. Enquiry Point advisors provide information and advice on a wide range of employment matters. The Enquiry Point is also an important contact point for identifying circumstances, or clients, who would benefit from being referred to other Agency services.
The Enquiry Point provides clear, confidential, independent and impartial advice to assist the caller in resolving issues in the workplace.
While the advisors cannot provide a legal opinion they can help callers gain a better understanding of their rights and responsibilities as well as identifying possible options to help resolve their issues.