Labour Relations Regulations 1987

Reprint as at 1 July 2013

Labour Relations Regulations 1987

(SR 1987/226)

Paul Reeves, Governor-General

Order in Council

At Wellington this 27th day of July 1987

His Excellency the Governor-General in Council


Changes authorised by section 17C of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989 have been made in this reprint.

A general outline of these changes is set out in the notes at the end of this reprint, together with other explanatory material about this reprint.

These regulations are administered by the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment.

Pursuant to the Labour Relations Act 1987, His Excellency the Governor-General, acting by and with the advice and consent of the Executive Council, hereby makes the following regulations.


1 Title and commencement

2 Interpretation

Part 1
Registration of unions and employers organisations

3 Certificate of registration

4 Appeal against registration or refusal to register group of workers as a union

5 Application for voluntary cancellation of registration

6 Application form for registration of interest in land on cancellation of registration

Part 2
Affairs of unions and employers organisations

7 Appeals in relation to recording of amendments to rules

8 Annual return of officers, etc

9 Application for special vote

Part 3
Union membership

10 Notice of intention to conduct ballot

11 Application for authority to vote

12 Ballot paper

13 Certificate of ballot

14 Application for exemption from union membership

15 Application fee

16 Notice of appeal against decision of Union Membership Exemption Tribunal

17 Right to appear and be heard on appeals

18 Parties to proceedings

19 Orders relating to determination of appeals

20 Dismissal of appeal

21 Appeal in respect of additional point of law

22 Extension of time

23 Date of hearing

24 Determination of appeal

Part 4
Change of union coverage

25 Ballot paper

26 Certificate of result of ballot

27 Application for hearing of demarcation dispute

Part 5
Disputed ballots or elections

28 Application for inquiry into ballot or election

Part 6
Negotiation of awards and agreements

29 Notice of initiation of negotiations for awards including composite awards and industry awards

30 Notice to employer of separate negotiations

31 Notice to Chief Mediator and Commission of separate negotiations

32 Application for exemption from award

33 Submission of voluntary settlements to Commission

34 Reference of unsettled dispute to Commission

35 Registration of conciliated settlements, agreements, redundancy agreements, and amendments to awards or agreements

36 Under-rate workers

37 Application to court on new matter

Part 7
Disputes about, and enforcement of, awards and agreements

38 Appeal against decision of disputes committee

39 Reference to court of unsettled dispute of rights

40 Application to court to determine validity of award or agreement

41 Action for recovery of wages or other money or penalty

42 Notice of intention to defend

43 Proceedings for compliance order

44 Certificate of judgment

Part 8
Personal grievances

45 Appeal against decision of grievance committee

46 Application to court for hearing and determination of personal grievance

47 Reference to court of personal grievance

Part 9
Strikes and lockouts

48 Appeal against suspension of non-striking workers

49 Action founded on tort

50 Injunctions

51 Notice of opposition

Part 10

Arbitration Commission

52 Notice of hearing

53 Witness summons

54 Witnesses' allowances

Labour Court

55 Statement of defence

56 Failure by defendant to appear, etc

57 Application for review

58 Appeal against decision of District Court Judge

59 Notice of hearing

60 Originating documents

61 Witness summons

62 Witnesses' allowances

63 Place of filing documents

64 Application to court for rehearing

65 Service of notices and documents

66 Appeals

67 Cases not provided for

Part 11
Miscellaneous provisions

68 Register of accidents

69 Record of work stoppages


Gazette information

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