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.


Crunch time for British Gas engineers to agree new contract terms

Today is the final day that British Gas engineers can agree to new terms and conditions or face dismissal.

Deliveroo riders on strike over pay and conditions

7 Apr 2021

Around 400 Deliveroo riders are striking over pay and conditions today, amid growing pressure for it to improve working practices and rights.

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DVLA Swansea staff strike over Covid fears

6 Apr 2021

Staff at the DVLA in Swansea are staging a four-day strike over claims they are ‘scared to go to work’ because of Covid-19 concerns.

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Centrica boss: ‘firms need way to change terms and conditions’

3 Feb 2021

The boss of British Gas owner Centrica has told MPs he is ‘committed’ to reaching a settlement with the GMB...

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Rail union threatens national strikes if pay is frozen

1 Feb 2021

State subsidy now being paid to railway companies means employees will be subject to public sector pay restrictions – to the ire of the chief rail union.

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BA will not go ahead with ‘fire and rehire’ in cargo division

27 Jan 2021

British Airways has secured a deal with the Unite union which, if approved by its members, will end the long-running...

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One in 10 threatened to be ‘fired and rehired’

25 Jan 2021

A tenth of workers have been told to re-apply for their jobs on worse terms and conditions, according to a...

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Ryanair pilots’ trade union detriment case over first hurdle

20 Jan 2021

Ryanair pilots who saw their staff travel benefits removed after they took part in a strike in 2019 will have...

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British Gas staff begin strike over ‘fire and rehire’ plans

7 Jan 2021

British Gas staff have begun a five-day national strike over changes to their terms and conditions.
The GMB Union has...

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MPs join unions in urging British Gas/Centrica to end fire-rehire threat

17 Dec 2020

MPs have urged Centrica’s bosses to withdraw their threat of firing and then rehiring engineers as a ballot closes on strike action at the company.

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BT could face first national strike since 1987

11 Dec 2020

Telecoms giant BT is potentially facing its first national strike in 33 years after staff expressed their willingness to take...

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Public sector pay freeze stokes union anger

26 Nov 2020

Unison general secretary Dave Prentis describes Rishi Sunak's spending review as 'austerity, plain and simple,' as unions attack 'divisive' pay freeze.

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Personnel Today Awards 2020: HR Director of the Year shortlist

18 Nov 2020

With just days until the winners of the Personnel Today Awards are announced, we profile the shortlist for one of the most hotly-contested categories. 

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Heathrow staff to strike over ‘fire and rehire’ plans

17 Nov 2020

Workers at Heathrow Airport are set to strike for four days in December in a dispute over plans to ‘fire...

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Workers’ right to picket continues under lockdown

16 Nov 2020

Workers taking lawful industrial action continue to have the right to picket their workplace during Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, following a legal challenge by Unite.

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