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Trade unions and industrial action: key differences in Scotland and Northern Ireland

Updating author: Nick Chronias, DAC Beachcroft, consultant editor (Scotland): Gillian MacLellan, consultant editor (Northern Ireland): Gareth Walls

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The legislation that applies in England and Wales generally extends to Scotland. However, there are some limited exceptions.

Under the Highways Act 1980 it is a criminal offence wilfully to obstruct the free passage along a highway without lawful authority or excuse.