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.


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

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

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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‘General strike’ proposed to support Greta Thunberg climate protests

1 Aug 2019

UK employers face a 30-minute “general strike” in support of the Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, according to a motion...

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BA pilots will go on strike after airline loses appeal

31 Jul 2019

British Airways pilots will now go on strike after the company lost a second legal bid to stop industrial action...

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Unite calls off Heathrow strikes

24 Jul 2019

Strikes due to hit Heathrow this weekend have been called off so union members can vote on a new pay...

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BA loses High Court injunction to stop pilot strike

24 Jul 2019

British Airways has lost an injunction at the High Court to stop the pilots union organising strikes over the busy...

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BA tries to halt industrial action with High Court injunction

23 Jul 2019

British Airways is seeking an injunction to stop pilots launching strike action over pay...

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Heathrow faces summer disruption as workers vote to strike

12 Jul 2019

Heathrow airport could be shut down for several days this summer because of strike action by more than 4,000 workers.

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South Western Railway staff strike in long-running guard dispute

18 Jun 2019

Guards and train drivers for South Western Railway began a five-day strike today (18 June) – the latest walk-out in...

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Are HR professionals lacking employee relations skills?

12 Jun 2019

As the CIPD’s Festival of Work starts in London, complete with speaker and breakout sessions galore on all the new...

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