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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.
21 Jan 2019
Cleaners, receptionists and security guards at the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)...
16 Jan 2019
The courts have seen a significant rise in the number of employment claims brought by large groups of individuals. The...
11 Jan 2019
Which employment law decisions will shape 2019? We outline six of the most significant cases in the pipeline – from...
11 Jan 2019
As always, HR professionals had their fair share of employment law cases to keep track of in 2018, but what...
10 Jan 2019
Theresa May could decide to boost workers’ rights in a bid to win Labour support for her Brexit deal.
14 Dec 2018
The TUC has found that the average worker has lost £11,800 in real earnings since 2008
12 Dec 2018
The TUC has called for the government to set a target for a million new manufacturing and hi-tech jobs by...
10 Dec 2018
Academics, students and leading politicians have launched a boycott of the University of London in support of outsourced workers
5 Dec 2018
The High Court has held that Deliveroo riders are self-employed and cannot form a collective bargaining unit.
The Independent Workers...
28 Nov 2018
Birmingham City Council refuse workers are considering whether to go on strike, following allegations that the council “secretly” paid several...
26 Nov 2018
Employers are being encouraged to take a more supportive role on domestic violence.
The GMB union is asking employers to...
12 Nov 2018
Taxi and delivery giant Addison Lee is coming under fresh pressure to increase workers’ pay and benefits as campaigners target...
7 Nov 2018
Six Ryanair cabin crew were dismissed by the airline this week for “breach of trust” after a photograph was circulated...
6 Nov 2018
The Department for Work and Pensions has launched a consultation to shape new legislation around collective defined contribution pension schemes,...