Industrial action / strikes

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

Public-sector strikes cause disruption for parents

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

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.
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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.
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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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Employees less supportive of public sector cuts, but feel strikes not the answer

24 Nov 2011

Employee support for public sector cuts has fallen but many still believe striking public workers will lose sympathy if they...

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Unison strike ballot could be ‘fatally flawed’

3 Nov 2011

EXCLUSIVE The Unison ballot, in which members voted yes to a strike over public sector pensions, could be “fatally flawed”, meaning...

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Unions committed to public sector strikes despite new offer on pensions

3 Nov 2011

Public sector unions have said that they are “firmly committed” to continuing preparations for a planned day of industrial action...

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Public sector strikes: could a court injunction stop widespread action?

1 Nov 2011

The Government could put a stop to coordinated strike action in the public sector by encouraging employers to challenge the...

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Employers warned not to take hard line with parents affected by strikes

29 Jun 2011

Employment lawyers have warned organisations not to refuse parents the day off on Thursday 30 June, or subject them to...

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