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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.
15 Jun 2020
The Ministry of Justice is looking at reinstating tribunal fees for workers bringing claims, according to The Times newspaper.
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.
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.
10 Jun 2020
In the view of the global economic recession, international employers should know their legal responsibilities in different countries. Alain-Christian Monkam...
8 Jun 2020
Pilots' union says talks with British Airways are on the verge of collapsing and businesses attack government's quarantine plans.
5 Jun 2020
Government plans to recruit volunteers who will monitor and guide rail passengers at stations have run into strong criticism from...
29 May 2020
While the Covid-19 crisis is a worrying and uncertain time for all of us, it brings into sharp focus some...
29 May 2020
Hundreds of Spanish Nissan workers have burnt tyres outside a factory that the Japanese car maker has announced is to...
22 May 2020
Staff at engineering firm Dyson were reportedly angered last Friday by a request to return to the workplace at short...
20 May 2020
The TUC has called for the government to form a National Recovery Council to help the economy heal from the...
15 May 2020
Cleaning services have moved into the spotlight as the return to the workplace accelerates. But from low wages and insecure...
14 May 2020
Gavin Williamson cites experience of primary schools in Denmark over past month, as unions demand scientific evidence over safety.
12 May 2020
Teachers and other school staff have been told to not ‘engage’ with plans for school reopenings next month, with a...
12 May 2020
A union that represents gig economy workers is taking legal action against the government for its alleged failure to ensure...