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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No growth in Acas early conciliation notifications

The number of early conciliation notifications has levelled off according to Acas, which has published its 2016/17 annual report.
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Eurostar staff picketing outside London St Pancras station in 2016. Will new picketing laws lead to  new forms of industrial action? Tolga Akmen/LNP/REX/Shutterstock

What do the new picketing laws mean in practice for employers?

31 May 2017

New picketing laws came into force in March designed to prevent trade unions adopting intimidating tactics during industrial action. Nick...

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Labour manifesto 2017: what employers need to know

17 May 2017

The Labour Party’s official manifesto has been released today and includes some of the most radical changes to employment legislation...

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Steve Hedley, senior assistant general secretary of the RMT union at a protest in November 2016 against Southern Rail's plans to scrap guards on trains. Will new laws prevent strikes like this? Rob Pinney/LNP/REX/Shutterstock

Trade Union Act 2016: employers should be aware of key changes

7 Apr 2017

The Trade Union Act 2016 is now law, but will it prevent strikes like those in recent months by staff...

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Trade union balloting rules take effect on 1 March

17 Feb 2017

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

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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.
The Academy of...

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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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