Industrial action / strikes


Industrial action reform: the Government’s proposals

Consultant editor Darren Newman examines Government's proposals for reform in relation to industrial action, and balloting thresholds in particular.


Rail strikes called off as unions suspend action

21 May 2015

The planned rail strikes for next Monday and Tuesday have now been called off.
Earlier today, the Transport Salaried Staff’s...

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New strike laws to make industrial action “close to impossible”

12 May 2015

The Conservative Party will announce plans in the Queen’s Speech this month to make it harder for employees to go...

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Will tougher trade union laws curb strike action?

7 Apr 2015

Public-sector stoppages have prompted the Conservatives to propose reforms that they think would curb strike action. But will these reforms...

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London bus drivers on strike last month. Photo: REX/Grant Falvey/LNP

Do Tory plans strike a blow against industrial action?

4 Feb 2015

The Conservatives have indicated that their manifesto for the 2015 general election will include a tougher stance on strike ballots,...

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Teachers protesting in March 2014. Photo: REX/London News Pictures

Public-sector strikes cause disruption for parents

10 Jul 2014

Parents and their employers face disruption today as teachers join other public-sector workers in a strike over pay, pensions and...

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The European Court of Human Rights building in Strasbourg, France. Photo: REX/Image Broker

Law against sympathy strikes is lawful, rules human rights court

9 Apr 2014

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has held that a UK law preventing “sympathy” strikes is lawful.
Transport union...

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NUT teachers on strike

Teachers’ strike: employees’ rights to time off

26 Mar 2014

Thousands of employers and their staff face disruption today as teachers strike over pay, pensions and working conditions.
Many schools...

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Union strike

Employers’ relations with unions in decline

16 Dec 2013

Employers’ relationships with recognised trade unions are getting worse, according to research published today.

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The impact of Margaret Thatcher’s Government on the workplace

9 Apr 2013

Consultant editor Darren Newman looks back at the employment law position in 1979 when Margaret Thatcher came to power, and...

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Strikes down but union pressure continues, says CIPD

2 Nov 2012

Despite a fall in the number of days lost to industrial action, trade unions are finding alternative ways to exert...

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Second teachers’ union begins work-to-rule strike action

3 Oct 2012

Members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) will begin “action short of strike action” today, which will see them refusing...

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Industrial relations and the Olympics

27 Jun 2012

Ever since it was announced in 2005 that London would be hosting the 2012 Olympics, trade unions have been gearing...

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Olympic strike threats – are employers being held to ransom?

5 Apr 2012

The past few weeks have seen numerous news reports about the threat of strikes by transport workers, who have demanded...

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Case of the week: London Underground Ltd v Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen (ASLEF)

29 Feb 2012

London Underground Ltd v Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen (ASLEF)FACTSThis case concerned proposed industrial action relating to a...

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