24.Illegal strikes and lock-outs
(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 1[or sub-section (4A) of section 10 A].
(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, 1[an arbitrator, a] 2[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 1[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.
1. Ins. by Act 36 of 1964, sec. 12, (w.e.f 19-12-1964).
2. Subs. by Act 36 of 1956, sec. 18, for ‘or Tribunal’ (w.e.f. 10-3-1957).