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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Outsourced government workers strike over pay

Outsourced workers at two government departments are striking over low pay and changes to pay cycles which a union has...

Addison Lee drivers strike over ‘below minimum wage’ pay

1 May 2019

The first ever strike involving Addison Lee drivers takes place today (1 May), when drivers operating from Luton Airport take...

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First ever UK footballers’ strike sees match postponed

29 Apr 2019

On Saturday Bolton Wanderers became the first club in English football league history to force the postponement of a fixture...

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Outsourcing giant faces protests over payroll upgrade

11 Apr 2019

The outsourcing company ISS faces protests today over changes to its payroll system that will see it withhold the pay...

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Outsourced workers lose collective bargaining bid

26 Mar 2019

The High Court has dismissed a case brought by the Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB), which claimed that...

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Cleaner unfairly dismissed for Topshop pay protest

21 Feb 2019

A cleaner at Topshop’s flagship London store has won up to £75,000 after an employment tribunal found she had been...

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Outsourced Whitehall support workers to strike over low pay

21 Jan 2019

Cleaners, receptionists and security guards at the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)...

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University of London protest

Largest university in UK hit by boycott over outsourced staff

10 Dec 2018

Academics, students and leading politicians have launched a boycott of the University of London in support of outsourced workers

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Union claims council ‘secretly’ rewarded staff that did not strike

28 Nov 2018

Birmingham City Council refuse workers are considering whether to go on strike, following allegations that the council “secretly” paid several...

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Equal pay strike hits Glasgow schools and services

23 Oct 2018

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

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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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