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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Health workers’ unions suspend strikes in Northern Ireland

New NI minister of health secures funding for pay parity with NHS England.

Scotland’s university lecturers to reconsider strike action

7 Jan 2020

University lecturers in Scotland are to be re-balloted on whether to strike over pay and increasing workloads.
The Educational Institute...

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Thousands of Northern Ireland nurses strike over pay and resourcing

18 Dec 2019

Thousands of nurses in Northern Ireland have gone on strike over “unsafe” staffing levels and pay inequality with the rest...

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New Bill to provide ‘right to get to work’ during transport strikes

17 Dec 2019

Commuters will be given a “basic right” to get to work each day under a new law set to be...

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British Airways pilots accept new pay deal

17 Dec 2019

British Airways pilots have accepted a new pay deal, ending the dispute over pay and conditions that led to a...

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Royal Parks workers’ pay increased following further strike threat

16 Dec 2019

Park and toilet attendants who work at the Royal Parks in London have been awarded a 31% pay increase after...

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Northern Ireland health strike continues after pay offer rejected

6 Dec 2019

A fresh pay offer for health workers in Northern Ireland, who have been on strike for almost two weeks, has been rejected by unions.

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SWR begins 27-day strike over role of guards

2 Dec 2019

South Western Railway (SWR) workers today began a 27-day strike – thought to be the longest in the history of...

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University staff begin eight-day strike over pay and pensions

25 Nov 2019

Today (25 November) marks the start of an eight-day strike by lecturers and other university staff over pay and pensions....

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Royal Mail wins High Court injunction to halt postal strikes

13 Nov 2019

Royal Mail has won a High Court injunction to prevent postal workers from striking in the run-up to Christmas.
The...

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Royal Mail seeks High Court injunction on Christmas strike action

8 Nov 2019

Royal Mail claims there were “potential irregularities” in the strike ballot.

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University staff to strike over pensions, pay and working conditions

6 Nov 2019

University lecturers and support staff at 60 universities are to strike for eight days in two separate disputes over pensions,...

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South Western Railway staff poised for 27-day strike

5 Nov 2019

Train drivers and guards for South Western Railway will stage a 27-day strike in December and January...

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Union denies postal strikes will disrupt election

5 Nov 2019

The Communication Workers Union has denied that its proposed December strikes are politically motivated and designed to disrupt the forthcoming...

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Workers’ rights ‘watered down’ in Johnson’s Brexit deal

18 Oct 2019

The issue of what happens to workers’ rights has become a central plank in the Brexit debate as MPs prepare...

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