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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In the first legal challenge of its kind, former Uber drivers in the UK and Portugal are suing the taxi-hailing...

Scrapping Union Learning Fund would be ‘tremendous loss’

19 Oct 2020

Tesco, Arla Foods and Tata Steel are among employers backing a campaign to persuade the government to rethink plans to scrap the Union Learning Fund.

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University staff react to Sage advice to move teaching online

14 Oct 2020

University staff and unions are considering next steps after it was revealed yesterday that Sage (the Scientific Advisory Group for...

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Firm alleged to have abused furlough faces tribunal claim

29 Sep 2020

Unite has described a tribunal case launched today as “a wake-up call” for employers that have fraudulently claimed funds from...

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Plan to bring civil servants back to the office ‘a waste of time’

25 Sep 2020

The leader of a union representing senior civil servants has branded the government’s attempts at bringing staff back to Whitehall...

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Don’t rush to make redundancies, insist key industry bodies

24 Sep 2020

Employers must “exhaust all possible alternatives” before making redundancies, a joint statement from Acas, the Confederation of British Industry and...

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BA boss signals ‘fire and rehire’ plan U-turn

17 Sep 2020

The chief executive of British Airways has told MPs that it sees no need to ‘fire and rehire’ cabin crew...

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Unite union: Extend furlough to avoid ‘redundancy floodgates’

16 Sep 2020

The Unite union has added to calls for the government to extend the furlough scheme beyond the end of October...

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Civil Service union seeks return-to-office rethink as infections rise

11 Sep 2020

As R rate rises Civil Service union raises doubts over 80% return to office bid.

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B&Q reinstates worker who had Covid-19 after appeal

10 Sep 2020

A woman with Covid-19 was initially dismissed from her job for failing to follow absence procedures.

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TUC on statutory sick pay: ‘fix this gaping hole’

10 Sep 2020

Two in five workers will be unable to pay their bills if they have to self-isolate for two weeks on...

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Civil servants could see 80% return to office by end of month

7 Sep 2020

Ministers are pushing for central government employees to return to offices as soon as possible, according to a letter seen by the BBC.

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TUC offers plan to avoid winter of redundancies

4 Sep 2020

TUC's job protection and skills plan urges the government to prepare for the jobs of the future, ensure younger workers gain new skills and establish a fairer labour market.

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Sexual harassment ‘endemic’ within GMB Union

3 Sep 2020

The GMB union, one of the UK’s largest trade unions, has been branded ‘institutionally sexist’ by a barrister leading an...

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British Gas staff may strike over changes to contracts

20 Aug 2020

British Gas employees have threatened to strike over claims it is forcing staff to accept worse employment contracts or face...

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