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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.
16 Jan 2020
Some of England’s fire and rescue services have a 'toxic, bullying culture' and a lack of diversity, inspectors have found.
14 Jan 2020
We look at six important employment law cases that will get the headlines in 2020, covering significant issues such as...
7 Jan 2020
University lecturers in Scotland are to be re-balloted on whether to strike over pay and increasing workloads.
The Educational Institute...
18 Dec 2019
Thousands of nurses in Northern Ireland have gone on strike over “unsafe” staffing levels and pay inequality with the rest...
17 Dec 2019
Commuters will be given a “basic right” to get to work each day under a new law set to be...
17 Dec 2019
British Airways pilots have accepted a new pay deal, ending the dispute over pay and conditions that led to a...
16 Dec 2019
Park and toilet attendants who work at the Royal Parks in London have been awarded a 31% pay increase after...
11 Dec 2019
We round up the most significant cases of the year including legal judgments on CCTV, restrictive covenants, enhancing shared parental leave, collective bargaining and more...
6 Dec 2019
A fresh pay offer for health workers in Northern Ireland, who have been on strike for almost two weeks, has been rejected by unions.
21 Nov 2019
Capita has been urged to increase pay for staff who work in its O2 and Tesco Mobile customer contact centres.
20 Nov 2019
Train operator Great Western Railway got the green signal from the Personnel Today Awards 2019 judges, bagging the Managing Change...
13 Nov 2019
Royal Mail has won a High Court injunction to prevent postal workers from striking in the run-up to Christmas.
11 Nov 2019
A union has been formed specifically to represent architects who, say its founders, work in an industry awash with poor workplace practice.
8 Nov 2019
Royal Mail claims there were “potential irregularities” in the strike ballot.