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.


Ryanair pilots accept 20% pay cut to save jobs

Ryanair pilots in the UK have accepted a temporary pay cut of 20% in order to safeguard jobs.
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Government could bring back tribunal fees, reports suggest

15 Jun 2020

The Ministry of Justice is looking at reinstating tribunal fees for workers bringing claims, according to The Times newspaper.

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TUC proposes job guarantee scheme to avoid youth unemployment

12 Jun 2020

Women aged 25 and under faced the greatest risk of long term unemployment because of the Covid-19 crisis, claims TUC study.

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Centrica to axe 5,000 jobs

11 Jun 2020

Centrica, which owns British Gas, plans to cut management layers and make itself more agile and customer-focused, but union says it will fight to save jobs.

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What are the differences between British and French laws on collective redundancies?

What are the differences between British and French laws on collective redundancies?

10 Jun 2020

In the view of the global economic recession, international employers should know their legal responsibilities in different countries. Alain-Christian Monkam...

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British Airways job loss talks ‘hanging by a thread’ say pilots

8 Jun 2020

Pilots' union says talks with British Airways are on the verge of collapsing and businesses attack government's quarantine plans.

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Rail workers critical of plans for face mask volunteers

5 Jun 2020

Government plans to recruit volunteers who will monitor and guide rail passengers at stations have run into strong criticism from...

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From ‘forgotten’ to ‘key’ workers: protecting the precariously employed

29 May 2020

While the Covid-19 crisis is a worrying and uncertain time for all of us, it brings into sharp focus some...

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Nissan plant in Barcelona to close as Sunderland stays safe

29 May 2020

Hundreds of Spanish Nissan workers have burnt tyres outside a factory that the Japanese car maker has announced is to...

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Dyson return to work plan delayed by employee objections

22 May 2020

Staff at engineering firm Dyson were reportedly angered last Friday by a request to return to the workplace at short...

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TUC calls for ‘National Recovery Council’ to protect jobs and pay

20 May 2020

The TUC has called for the government to form a National Recovery Council to help the economy heal from the...

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Are cleaning services ready for the frontline?

15 May 2020

Cleaning services have moved into the spotlight as the return to the workplace accelerates. But from low wages and insecure...

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Education secretary uses Danish schools example to fend off union criticism

14 May 2020

Gavin Williamson cites experience of primary schools in Denmark over past month, as unions demand scientific evidence over safety.

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Union tells teachers not to engage with school reopening plans

12 May 2020

Teachers and other school staff have been told to not ‘engage’ with plans for school reopenings next month, with a...

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Gig workers’ lives at risk by ‘failure to adopt EU health and safety law‘

12 May 2020

A union that represents gig economy workers is taking legal action against the government for its alleged failure to ensure...

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