Trade Disputes Act 1906

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation1906 c. 47


Trade Disputes Act, 1906

(6 Edw. 7.) CHAPTER 47.

An Act to provide for the regulation of Trades Unions and Trade Disputes.

[21st December 1906]

B E it enacted by the King's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

S-1 Amendment of law of conspiracy in the case of trade disputes.

1 Amendment of law of conspiracy in the case of trade disputes.

The following paragraph shall be added as a new paragraph after the first paragraph of section three of the Conspiracy and Protection of Property Act, 1875:—

‘An act done in pursuance of an agreement or combination by two or more persons shall, if done in contemplation or furtherance of a trade dispute, not be actionable unless the act, if done without any such agreement or combination, would be actionable.’

S-2 Peaceful picketing.

2 Peaceful picketing.

(1) It shall be lawful for one or more persons, acting on their own behalf or on behalf of a trade union or of an individual employer or firm in contemplation or furtherance of a trade dispute, to attend at or near a house or place where a person resides or works or carries on business or happens to be, if they so attend merely for the purpose of peacefully obtaining or communicating information, or of peacefully persuading any person to work or abstain from working.

(2) Section seven of the Conspiracy and Protection of Property Act, 1875, is hereby repealed from ‘attending at or near’ to the end of the section.

S-3 Removal of liability for interfering with another person's business, &c.

3 Removal of liability for interfering with another person's business, &c.

An act done by a person in contemplation or furtherance of a trade dispute shall not be actionable on the ground only that it induces some other person to break a contract of employment or that it is an interference with the trade, business, or employment of some other person, or with the right of some other person to dispose of his capital or his labour as he wills.

S-4 Prohibition of actions of tort against trade unions.

4 Prohibition of actions of tort against trade unions.

(1) An action against a trade union, whether of workmen or masters, or against any members or officials thereof on behalf of...

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