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NO. 16]Friday, April 30 [2004

The following Act was passed by Parliament on 20th April 2004 and assented to by the President on 24th April 2004:—
Trade Unions (Amendment) Act 2004

(No. 14 of 2004)

I assent.

24th April 2004.
Date of Commencement: 5th May 2004
An Act to amend the Trade Unions Act (Chapter 333 of the 1985 Revised Edition).
Be it enacted by the President with the advice and consent of the Parliament of Singapore, as follows:
Short title and commencement
1.  This Act may be cited as the Trade Unions (Amendment) Act 2004 and shall come into operation on such date as the Minister may, by notification in the Gazette, appoint.
New section 30A
2.  The Trade Unions Act is amended by inserting, immediately after section 30, the following section:
Authority of officers, etc., to bind union without ratification
30A.—(1)  Notwithstanding any provision in any rules or resolution of any trade union, the officers of a trade union and any other persons duly appointed by the trade union to represent its members in negotiations with a view to a collective agreement shall have the authority to bargain collectively for and to bind all the members of the trade union by a collective agreement without the need for ratification by the members; and the decision of such officers or persons on any matter in such negotiations shall be the decision of all members of the trade union.
(2)  Any provision in any rules or resolution of any trade union (whether made before, on or after the date of commencement of this section) that is inconsistent with subsection (1) shall be void to the extent of that inconsistency.”.