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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Union urges Uber users not to cross ‘digital picket line’

9 Oct 2018

The IWGB union has a called a 24-hour strike against Uber and is urging the public not use the taxi-hailing...

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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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Top 10 HR questions September 2018 – probation dismissals and unavailable companions

2 Oct 2018

Can you dismiss before a probationary period ends if they're not up to the job?

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Plans to ban employers from taking staff tips announced

1 Oct 2018

New legislation to ensure that tips go to workers and not to their employers will be introduced in a crackdown...

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O'Grady

TUC study highlights low earnings and slams ‘sham’ self-employment

28 Sep 2018

Almost half of self-employed people aged over 25 are earning less than the minimum wage, according to new research.
The...

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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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Rail unions attack Grayling over CPI pay deal suggestion

15 Aug 2018

Rail unions have reacted angrily to transport secretary Chris Grayling’s assertion that costs in the rail industry – including pay...

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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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Workers fear automation will worsen their role

6 Aug 2018

Around 10 million workers – 37% of the UK workforce – are worried that automation will change their jobs for...

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More than a million employees not taking holiday at risk of burnout

27 Jul 2018

One in 12 workers are not receiving their full holiday entitlement, according to the TUC.
The trade union body’s analysis...

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Whitehall

Minister showed ‘contempt’ in botched civil service pay consultation

29 Jun 2018

Unions and the Labour Party have condemned the government’s 2018 civil service pay guidance remit and called for its immediate...

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How GWR’s HR team helped drive cultural change

21 Jun 2018

With just one day left to enter the Personnel Today Awards, we look at the initiatives that saw Great Western...

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Union wins go ahead for Deliveroo collective bargaining case

15 Jun 2018

A High Court judge today granted permission for Deliveroo couriers to challenge a previous ruling that they could not be...

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