Rule 22

Trade Disputes

National Executive Committee Powers
1.  The National Executive Committee shall have power to inaugurate and conduct all trade movements between members of the Union and their employers and such other movements as, in the opinion of the National Executive Committee, affect the interests of the members of the Union. The method of conducting such movements shall be determined by the National Executive Committee as circumstances warrant.

Declaration of a Strike
2.    The National Executive Committee shall have power to declare strikes, to order and direct the members of the Union to withdraw their labour and to fix the date of such withdrawal following a ballot of its members. It shall be the paramount duty of every member of the Union to conform to such order and direction.

Power to Sanction
3.    The National Executive Committee, in addition and without prejudice to its powers as described in Clause 1 of this Rule shall have power to sanction and endorse retrospectively such trade movements, including strikes of members of the Union as may be submitted for their approval by any Branch or Branches of the Union. Such movements may be for all or any of the following purposes:

(a) to secure wage increases and to oppose wage reductions;

(b) to secure a reduction in the number of hours worked and to prevent the hours of work being increased;

(c) to remove unjust and oppressive conditions of employment and to secure a safe working environment for the Union’s members.

Protection of Interests
4.    The National Executive Committee may take such steps as may be considered necessary for protecting the interests of the Union members. It may represent the views of members within any agreed Machinery of Negotiation or representation to which the Union is party. The National Executive Committee may also advocate the views and the interests of Union members in any arbitration proceedings in which they have a pertinent interest.

Sanctioning of by General Secretary
5.    In the case of trade disputes involving Maritime Grades members, the General Secretary shall, in the absence of the National Executive Committee, have authority to sanction the withdrawal of labour by the members concerned. In the furtherance of any such trade dispute the National Executive Committee or the General Secretary may employ alternatives to strike action as may be deemed appropriate.

Settling Disputes
6.  The National Executive Committee shall have power to settle disputeswhich may arise between members and their employers.

Conduct of Disputes
7.    The conduct of any of these trade movements shall be in accordance with guidelines issued by the Annual General Meeting or the National Executive Committee.

Allowance Payable
Members employed as defined in Rule 2, Clause 1, when unemployed in consequence of taking part in any dispute or movement coming within the provisions of these Rules shall, at the discretion of the National Executive Committee, receive strike benefit paid from the General Fund, being an allowance of £1.00 per weekday with a maximum of five days’ payment per week.

Report to Branch
8. Each member in receipt of strike benefit shall report to the Branch every week. Any member unable to attend in person to receive and sign for the benefit shall state the reason and, if this is considered to be satisfactory, the benefit shall be sent.

Loss of Wages for Being Sent Home
9. A member suffering loss of wages as a result of being sent home by an employer as a consequence of loyally carrying out a decision of the National Executive Committee or General Meeting shall, at the National Executive Committee’s discretion, be granted an allowance which shall be determined having regard to the circumstances surrounding suspension from duty.

Decision of National Executive Committee
10. None of the discretions, powers or authorities vested in the National Executive Committee under the provisions of these Rules shall be capable of being controlled, nor shall any order made or decision arrived at by the National Executive Committee in connection with any of the matters provided for in this section of the Rule be controlled, reversed, or suspended otherwise than by an appeal to the Annual General Meeting, or by the exercise of the powers of a Special General Meeting as hereinbefore provided.

Contract of Membership
11. This Rule shall constitute an integral part of the contract of membership between the Union and each of its members as well as the contract of membership between member and member.

Failure to Comply
12. Failure on the part of any member of the Union to comply with any order or direction of the National Executive Committee issued in accordance with these Rules may be dealt with as laid down in Rule 2, Clauses 24 to 27.