Trade unions

A trade union is an association of workers in a particular industry or sector, designed to protect the rights, interests and working conditions of employees. Large trade unions in the UK include the TUC, Unite, Unison, the GMB and Usdaw.

Trade unions can receive recognition, or employers can derecognise trade unions. Employment laws protecting employees taking industrial action, such as taking part in strikes or picketing, are contained in the Employment Rights Act 1996 and Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992.


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Northern Ireland health strike continues after pay offer rejected

6 Dec 2019

A fresh pay offer for health workers in Northern Ireland, who have been on strike for almost two weeks, has been rejected by unions.

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Union seeks pay rises for Capita’s O2 and Tesco Mobile staff

21 Nov 2019

Capita has been urged to increase pay for staff who work in its O2 and Tesco Mobile customer contact centres.

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Personnel Today Awards 2019: Great Western Railway on track with Managing Change Award

20 Nov 2019

Train operator Great Western Railway got the green signal from the Personnel Today Awards 2019 judges, bagging the Managing Change...

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Royal Mail wins High Court injunction to halt postal strikes

13 Nov 2019

Royal Mail has won a High Court injunction to prevent postal workers from striking in the run-up to Christmas.
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Architects form union to tackle culture of poor workplace practice

11 Nov 2019

A union has been formed specifically to represent architects who, say its founders, work in an industry awash with poor workplace practice.

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Royal Mail seeks High Court injunction on Christmas strike action

8 Nov 2019

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

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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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‘Up to 12,000’ Asda staff face dismissal this weekend

1 Nov 2019

Up to 12,000 Asda staff are yet to sign a new contract that will require them to work flexible hours...

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Bolt drivers urge better pay and recognition of workers’ rights

30 Oct 2019

Drivers for the minicab app Bolt have staged a protest against what they describe as “unfair” dismissals and its alleged...

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Leaked memo reveals PM’s desire to weaken workers’ rights post-Brexit

28 Oct 2019

A leak over the weekend of a memo confirms that Boris Johnson intends to water down workers’ rights in the post-withdrawal treaty negotiations.

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Older workers drive growth in night work

26 Oct 2019

Nearly one million workers aged over 50 are now working through the night with night working at its highest level since records began.

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Gig workers should be able to form unions, says EU commissioner

25 Oct 2019

The European Union’s competition commissioner has said that gig workers should be able to “team up” to form unions.

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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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BMA apologises after report exposes ‘old boys’ club’ culture

18 Oct 2019

The British Medical Association has apologised to members after an independent review found that female doctors felt “undervalued, ignored or...

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