Labour Disputes (Arbitration and Settlement) Act, 2006
Labour Disputes (Arbitration And Settlement) (Industrial Court Procedure) Rules, 2012
Statutory Instrument 8 of 2012
IN EXERCISE of the powers conferred upon the Minister responsible for labour by section 40(1) of the Labour Disputes (Arbitration and Settlement) Act 2006, and in consultation with the Chief Justice, these Rules are made this 28th day of April, 2011.
Part I – Preliminary
These Rules may be cited as the Labour Disputes (Arbitration and Settlement) (Industrial Court Procedure) Rules, 2012.
In these Rules unless the context otherwise requires—“Act” means the Labour Disputes (Arbitration and Settlement) Act 2006, Act No. 8 of 2006;“Court” means the Industrial Court established under section 7 of the Act;“Registrar” means the Registrar of the Industrial Court appointed under section 12 of the Act.
Part II – Reference of a labour dispute to the court
3. Reference of a labour dispute
(1)Where a labour officer is requested by a party to a dispute to refer the dispute to the court under section 5 of the Act, the labour officer shall refer the dispute in the form specified in the First Schedule.
(2)Where a labour dispute has been reported to a labour officer and he or she has not referred it to the court or otherwise disposed of it within eight weeks, a party to the dispute may refer the dispute to the court in the form specified in the Second Schedule.
(3)A reference to the court by a labour officer shall be accompanied by—
(a)a report of the labour officer describing the dispute and the steps taken by him or her to resolve the dispute; and
(b)all documents and information furnished to the labour officer by the parties.
(4)Where a party to the dispute has referred the dispute to the court the Registrar shall require the labour officer in writing to furnish the court with the information referred to under subrule (3).
4. Receipt of a reference
Upon receipt of a reference under rule 3 the Registrar shall file and register the reference in a form specified in the Third Schedule and allocate a registration number to the reference.
5. Memorandum of each party
(1)The Registrar shall, within seven days after registering a reference, give notice to the parties that a dispute has been referred to the court and require each party to file a memorandum and in the ease of the claimant, the memorandum shall be filed within seven days after receipt of the notice.
(2)The memorandum referred to in subrule (1) shall set out, in the case of the claimant, the nature and particulars of each item of the claim involved in the dispute and the claimant shall serve a copy of the memorandum on the respondent.
(3)The memorandum under subrule (2) shall be accompanied by an affidavit of service.
(4)The respondent shall, within seven days after receipt of the memorandum, file a reply as he or she may wish to give to the items of the claim raised in the claimant’s memorandum and shall serve the memorandum on the claimant.
(5)The memorandum under subrule (4) shall be accompanied by an affidavit of service.
(6)Each party to the dispute shall submit six copies of the party’s memorandum to the court and six copies of such documents as in the opinion of the Registrar may be necessary.
(7)Where the dispute is between an employer and a labour union, the claimant shall attach the recognition and collective bargaining agreement between the employer and the labour union to the memorandum.
Part III – Hearing of a labour dispute
6. Extension of time
(1)A party to a dispute who fails to file documents within the prescribed time, may apply to the court for extension of time.
(2)The court may determine the application as it deems fit.
7. Registrar to fix hearing
(1)The Registrar shall fix a date, place and time of hearing where—
(a)both parties have filed a memorandum; or
(b)the time for filing a memorandum has lapsed and no extension of time has been granted by the court.
(2)Where the Registrar has fixed a date for hearing under subrule (1)(b), the parties shall rely on the information and documents submitted io the court.
8. Legal representation
In proceedings before the court, a party may appear by himself or herself or by an agent including a labour union or an employer's organisation or may be represented by an advocate.
9. Hearing of labour disputes
(1)On the hearing date fixed under rule 7, the court shall call upon the claimant to present his or her ease including calling any witness that he or she may wish to rely on.
(2)When the claimant closes his or her case, the court shall call upon the respondent to present his or her case and upon closure of the respondent's case, the court shall call upon the claimant to make a reply to the respondent after which the hearing shall be closed.
(1)Where a party wishes to call a witness, the name and address of the witness shall be included in a list of witnesses and it shall be attached to the memorandum submitted under rule 5.
(2)A witness may object to answering a question or to producing a document on the ground that it incriminates him or her.
11. Examination and cross examination
A party is entitled to examine a witness called by him or her and may cross examine a witness called by the other party.
(1)All evidence given to the court at the hearing shall be given on oath or affirmation.
(2)All documentary evidence tendered in the court shall be original or where an original cannot be found, a certified copy of the original.
Part IV – Procedure of Industrial Court in essential services disputes
13. Notice of withdrawal of labour
(1)Where a notice in writing for a collective withdrawal of labour from an essential service under section 34 of the Act has been given to an employer, the employer shall notify a labour officer of the contemplated withdrawal of labour as soon as practicable.
(2)A labour officer shall notify the Minister in writing of an intended collective withdrawal of labour as soon as practicable but in any case not later than two days from the date he or she is notified.
14. Reference of collective withdrawal of labour to the court
Where the Minister has been notified of an intended collective withdrawal of labour, he or she shall within 5 days after receiving the notice refer the matter to the court in the form specified in the Fourth Schedule.
15. Filing of reference with Registrar
The reference under rule 14 shall be filed with the Registrar and the Registrar shall allocate a registration number to the reference.
16. Memorandum of each party
(1)The Registrar shall within five days after registering a reference require each party to file a memorandum and any further and better particulars.
(2)A claimant shall within five days after being required to file a memorandum, file a memorandum setting out the nature and particulars of each item of the claim involved in the dispute and shall within the five days serve the memorandum on the respondent.
(3)A memorandum filed under subrule (2) shall be accompanied by an affidavit of service.
(4)The respondent shall within five days after being served with a memorandum under subrule (2), file a reply as he or she may wish to the items of the claim raised in the claimant’s memorandum.
17. Setting a hearing date
(1)Where both parties have filed their memorandum and further and better particulars, if required to do so, the Registrar shall set a date, time and place for hearing within five days after the date on which the memorandum or further and better particulars were required to be given or agreed to be given.
(2)The Registrar shall in any case fix the date for hearing to be within five days after due service of the memorandum on the respondent where the respondent has not filed a reply to the claimant’s memorandum.
(3)In a case to which subrule (2) applies, the hearing shall, unless withdrawn proceed to be determined exparte.
18. Expeditious hearing
(1)The court shall in the case of essential services inquire into and determine a reference expeditiously and shall declare its findings not later than twenty one days from the date of the commencement of the hearing.
(2)The court shall sit from day-today and may, for the purposes of hearing and determining the reference—
(a)suspend any other matter pending before it; and
(b)sit during Sundays and on public holidays where it considers it necessary for ensuring compliance with subrule (1).
Part V – Decisions and awards of the court
19. Decision of the court
(1)After hearing the parties, the court shall make a decision based on the evidence adduced before it.
(2)The decision of the court shall be by consensus reached by the members of the court.
(3)Where the court is unable to reach a decision by consensus, the matter shall be decided by the Chief Judge.
20. Awards of the court
(1)An award or decision of the court shall be announced by the Chief Judge in the presence of the parties to the dispute.
(2)An award or decision of the court shall take effect from a date determined by the court but in any case, not earlier than the date the dispute arose.
(3)The court may, when making an award, determine the period during which the award shall remain in force.
21. Awards to be submitted to the Minister
The Registrar of the court shall submit to the Minister, a copy of every award of the court.
22. Enforcement of awards or decisions of the court
(1)An award or a decision of the court shall be enforceable in the same way as a decision in a civil matter in the High Court.
(2)A party to an award or decision of the court who fails or refuses to abide by the terms of the award or decision of the court shall be held liable for contempt of court.
Part VI – Appeals
23. Appeals from decisions of the court
(1)Where a party is dissatisfied with a decision of the court, he or she may appeal to the Court of Appeal.
(2)An appeal shall lie from a decision of the court to the Court of Appeal only on a point of law, or to determine whether the court had jurisdiction over the matter.
(3)Appeals under this rule shall be made under the Judicature (Court of Appeal) Rules, S.I. No. 13-10.
24. Appeals from decisions of a labour officer
(1)A party who is dissatisfied with a decision of a labour officer on a complaint made under section 13 of the Employment Act 2006, or sections 4 and 5 of the Act may appeal to the court.
(2)An appeal under subrule (1) shall lie on a question of law, and with leave of the court, on a question of fact forming part of the decision of the labour officer.
(3)The court may confirm, modify or reverse any decision from which an appeal is made.
(4)In hearing an appeal, the court shall follow the procedure for hearing disputes provided for under these Rules.
(5)The appeal shall be made in the form specified in the Fifth Schedule.
Part VII – Miscellaneous
25. Revocation of S.I. 224-3
The Trade Disputes (Arbitration and Settlement) (Industrial Court) (Procedure) Rules S.I. 224-3 are revoked.