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Section 24, Industrial Disputes Act 1947: Illegal Strikes and Lock-outs

Section 24 (Illegal strikes and lock-outs) under the Chapter V (Strikes and Lock-outs) of the Industrial Disputes Act 1947

❝(1) A strike or a lock-out shall be illegal if—
 (i) it is commenced or declared in contravention of section 22 or section 23; or
 (ii) it is continued in contravention of an order made under sub-section (3) of section 10 or sub-section (4A) of section 10A.

(2) Where a strike or lock-out in pursuance of an industrial dispute has already commenced and is in existence at the time of the reference of the dispute to a Board, an arbitrator, a Labour Court, Tribunal or National Tribunal, the continuance of such strike or lock-out shall not be deemed to be illegal, provided that such strike or lock-out was not at its commencement in contravention of the provisions of this Act or the continuance thereof was not prohibited under sub-section (3) of section 10 or sub-section (4A) of section 10A.

(3) A lock-out declared in consequence of an illegal strike or a strike declared in consequence of an illegal lock-out shall not be deemed to be illegal.❞




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Notes:

The Industrial Disputes Act, 1947 has been amended several times since its enactment.
The latest amendments were by the Industrial Disputes (Amendment) Act, 2010 (24 of 2010) and the Finance Act, 2017 (7 of 2017).

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