Provision of Voluntary Arbitration

Article 84 of the Industrial Relations (Northern Ireland) Order 1992 provides that where a trade dispute exists, the parties to that dispute may request the Labour Relations Agency (LRA) to refer all or any of the matters in dispute to the Court for settlement by way of arbitration.

Before doing so however the LRA must consider the likelihood of the dispute being settled by conciliation and whether or not agreed procedures for settlement of disputes between the parties have been used.