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.


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

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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Will the Trade Union Bill cause unintended problems for employers?

18 Apr 2016

Do the proposed changes to employment law in the Trade Union Bill have potential unintended consequences for employers? Ramez Moussa,...

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Government publishes equality impact assessment as BMA launches judicial review

31 Mar 2016

The Department of Health has today made changes to the contract it is imposing on junior doctors in England following...

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Government to impose new contract on junior doctors

11 Feb 2016

The Department of Health will impose a new contract on junior doctors in England, it has been announced.
The decision...

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Junior doctors to stage series of strikes over pay and hours

5 Jan 2016

Junior doctors will stage a 24-hour walk-out next Tuesday after talks with the Government broke down.
This will be followed...

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HR news you may have missed over the Christmas break

4 Jan 2016

Today is the first day back at work for many people after as much as a fortnight away from the...

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Employment law changes in 2016: eight things employers should know

18 Dec 2015

Key employment law changes in 2016 to ensure you have a head start to...

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Nearly all junior doctors vote in favour of strikes

19 Nov 2015

Nearly all (98%) junior doctors balloted by the British Medical Association (BMA) have voted in favour of strikes, for the...

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Trade Unions Bill: special two-part podcast

20 Oct 2015

Michael O’Leary, Ryanair CEO, said this summer that “strikes should not be the first club in the golf bag you...

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Strike reforms: Turnout thresholds are the least of the unions’ problems

3 Sep 2015

Consultant editor Darren Newman examines the Trade Union Bill and explains why, as currently drafted, the Bill places more restrictions...

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Trade Union Bill: Government to stop automatic payment of union fees

6 Aug 2015

The Government has announced plans to stop public-sector workers paying their union subscriptions straight from their salaries.
As part of...

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Fresh tube strikes due to go ahead this evening

5 Aug 2015

With fresh tube and rail strikes set to go ahead this evening, how can employers prepare for the impact this...

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Trade Union Bill provokes anger from unions

15 Jul 2015

The Government has launched its Trade Union Bill – its legislation designed to toughen up existing laws on strike action....

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Unite union paves the way for unlawful strikes

13 Jul 2015

The UK’s biggest union, Unite, has passed a motion to remove a clause in its rules that requires members to...

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Tube strike: how to deal with disruption to employees’ journeys

8 Jul 2015

With tube and rail strikes set to go ahead this evening, how can employers prepare for the impact this could...

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