Industrial action / strikes

Industrial action will be lawful only if the trade union has complied with various statutory requirements, including those relating to balloting members and notifying the employer of intended industrial action.

If a union fails to comply with the relevant statutory requirements, the industrial action will be unlawful. This will give the employer grounds to apply for an injunction to stop the proposed industrial action.


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Trade union balloting rules take effect on 1 March

New Regulations confirm that the Trade Union Act 2016 rules on strike votes, picketing and union dues will take effect...

Southern station staff help commuters during an RMT strike last weekGuy Bell/REX/Shutterstock

50 MPs call for tougher strike laws to end Southern Rail “misery”

16 Jan 2017

Fifty Conservative MPs have demanded tougher strike laws be introduced to stop the “widespread misery” suffered by Southern Rail commuters...

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Argos drivers’ strike over holiday pay and overtime suspended

15 Dec 2016

Drivers who work for logistics firm Wincanton at Argos’s distribution centre near Burton upon Trent have called off strike action...

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Trade Union Act 2016: Draft rules on public service industrial action unveiled

7 Dec 2016

The Government has published draft rules defining which public services are deemed “important” to require a 40% strike vote to...

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2017 employment law changes: are you ready?

Employment law changes 2017: eight priorities for HR

7 Dec 2016

Significant employment law changes are anticipated for 2017, amid the ongoing uncertainty resulting from the Brexit referendum.
Large compliance projects...

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Could electronic voting improve turnout in ballots for industrial action?

Electronic balloting for industrial action to be independently examined

4 Nov 2016

Sir Ken Knight, the former chief fire and rescue adviser, will lead an independent review of online voting for industrial...

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Employment law changes: October 2016 and beyond

15 Sep 2016

The autumn months promise to be a busy period for HR practitioners as they get to grips with a host...

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Senior medics wade into junior doctors strike row

2 Sep 2016

A group of senior medical professionals has condemned the latest series of strikes proposed by junior doctors.
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Dealing with commuter disruption caused by strikes

19 Aug 2016

Strike action across the rail networks has made it a struggle to get to work for many this summer. What...

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Nine in 10 collective conciliation agreements are put in place

11 Aug 2016

More than nine in 10 collective agreements met through Acas conciliation were fully implemented in the workplace, the advice service...

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Disputed junior doctors’ contract to be phased in

7 Jul 2016

The Department of Health has said it will phase in the new contract for junior doctors from October, despite doctors’...

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Union urges talks after M&S announces changes to employees’ terms

24 Jun 2016

Shopworkers’ union Usdaw has urged Marks & Spencer (M&S) to open talks with staff after its decision to impose new...

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Trade Union Act 2016: a boost for unofficial industrial action?

13 Jun 2016

The Trade Union Act may have been watered down from what was originally envisaged when the Tories won the general...

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Brexit: Would the Government’s grip on trade unions get tighter?

20 May 2016

Will an exit from the EU empower the Government to reduce the rights of trade unions and the right to...

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Doctors and supporters march last week outside Parliament, where the Trade Union Act received royal assent yesterday. Ben Cawthra/REX/Shutterstock

Trade Union Act 2016 becomes law

5 May 2016

The Government announced that Trade Union Bill had completed its parliamentary process by saying that "people will be protected from undemocratic industrial action"...

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