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.


Equal pay strike hits Glasgow schools and services

Hundreds of schools and nurseries are closed in Glasgow after around 8,000 workers began a two-day strike over a long-running...

Hospitality workers strike over pay and union recognition

4 Oct 2018

Workers at McDonald’s, TGI Fridays, JD Wetherspoon, Deliveroo and Uber Eats are staging a 24-hour walk out today, in separate...

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McDonald’s, Wetherspoon and TGI Friday workers to strike next month

20 Sep 2018

Workers at JD Wetherspoon, McDonald’s and TGI Fridays are to strike on 4 October over pay.
The strike will include...

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Prison officers protest at Pentonville Prison

Prison officers call off protest action after withdrawal of court threat

14 Sep 2018

An estimated 5,000 prison staff had assembled at facilities to protest against the rise of violence experienced by staff working with inmates

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Ryanair strikes: airline could face legal claims from unions

10 Aug 2018

Ryanair could face legal action from unions as strikes lead to the cancellation of one in six flights across Europe....

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Joint employer concept to be tested in High Court

7 Aug 2018

In a case that could open the door for more than 3 million outsourced workers to negotiate directly with their...

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Strikes reach lowest level since records began

30 May 2018

The number of labour strikes reached an all-time low last year, along with the number of workers involved in disputes,...

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Acas conciliators strike over workload concerns

11 May 2018

Staff at conciliation service Acas are striking today (11 May) over concerns about their workloads, following the decision to abolish...

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University cleaners to strike against outsourcing

15 Mar 2018

University cleaners, porters and receptionists are expected to walk out next month after a near unanimous vote in favour of...

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McDonald’s to increase pay following strike

4 Jan 2018

McDonald’s is to award a pay increase to its staff after they staged the first UK strike in the company’s...

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Thomas Cook case reveals what unions must tell employers about industrial action plans

3 Jan 2018

What does a union have to tell its members and the employer about planned industrial action? Nick Chronias explains.
When...

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Private sector strike days jump 80%

4 Dec 2017

The number of working days lost to strike action in the private sector has increased by 80% in a year,...

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Royal Mail wins injunction to stop 48-hour strike

13 Oct 2017

Royal Mail has won a High Court injunction preventing next week’s planned 48-hour strike by postal workers.
The proposed strike,...

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Will Ryanair become a ‘Southern Rail in the sky’?

28 Sep 2017

Ryanair has angered staff and customers after disastrous errors with its pilot rota. The company could now risk unofficial industrial...

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Junior doctors strike

Will Trade Union Act minimise strikes in ‘important public services’?

25 Sep 2017

The Trade Union Act introduced rules on balloting for industrial action in important public services that set the bar high...

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