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.


Rail unions attack Grayling over CPI pay deal suggestion

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

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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‘Facility time’ reports due from public sector employers in July

15 May 2018

Public sector employers have just a few more weeks to publish information on individuals’ time off to carry out a...

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Unions react to sweeping BT job cuts

10 May 2018

BT today announced plans to cut 13,000 jobs over the next three years – 13% of its global workforce –...

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NHS pay deal of 6.5-29% to be offered without holiday loss

21 Mar 2018

More than a million nurses and other NHS staff in England will be offered a three-year pay deal worth between...

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Union ‘first’ to be recognised by gig economy company

2 Mar 2018

The Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB) has claimed it is the first union in the UK to be...

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Corbyn puts jobs and skills at heart of new Labour Brexit policy

26 Feb 2018

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has shifted the party’s stance on Brexit, spelling out how a Government under him would ensure...

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Personnel Today turns 30: Highlights from our first issue

9 Feb 2018

Did you work in human resources in the 1980s? Or perhaps you worked in personnel? We mark the 30th anniversary...

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Amazon drivers’ false self-employment dispute settled

16 Jan 2018

A courier company that delivers parcels for Amazon has settled a dispute with drivers that the GMB union claimed were...

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Thomas Cook case reveals what unions must tell employers about industrial action plans

3 Jan 2018

What does a union have to tell its members and the employer about planned industrial action? Nick Chronias explains.
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