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.


Royal Mail seeks High Court injunction on Christmas strike action

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

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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Postal union votes for Christmas strike action

16 Oct 2019

Royal Mail union members have voted 97% in favour of a national postal strike in the run up to Christmas....

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Gig economy: Royal Mail’s eCourier drivers to strike over employment status

26 Sep 2019

Drivers and riders working for eCourier, a same-day delivery service owned by Royal Mail Group, have voted for strike action,...

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TUC urges Labour to scrap ‘all anti-union’ laws

21 Sep 2019

Pressure is mounting on Labour from the unions to commit to repealing all anti-union legislation since the 1980s.

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Co-op Bank, unions and retailers join global climate emergency strike

20 Sep 2019

Several companies are supporting employees in the UK who are participating in the Global Climate Strike protests taking place today.

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Tube workers to take industrial action over violence levels

13 Sep 2019

Transport for London workers on the District Line have voted overwhelmingly for industrial action in protest at the growing levels of violence from passengers.

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France faces tough battle over pension reform

13 Sep 2019

Paris has been crippled by public transport strikes today in response to moves by the French government to implement pension reform.

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British Airways may strip striking pilots of perks

2 Sep 2019

British Airways is thought to be considering stripping travel allowances from pilots who are set to strike next week.

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South Western Railway staff in fresh four-day strike

30 Aug 2019

South Western Railway train drivers and guards have begun their latest walk out in a long-running dispute over the role...

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Ryanair attempts to block pilot strikes

21 Aug 2019

Ryanair has lost its bid for a last-minute High Court injunction to block pilot strikes scheduled to begin today (Thursday)....

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Ryanair pilots vote to strike

8 Aug 2019

Ryanair’s UK pilots have voted to strike over pay and conditions, claiming that the airline has refused to deal with unions for “decades”. 

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