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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.
18 Oct 2019
The British Medical Association has apologised to members after an independent review found that female doctors felt “undervalued, ignored or...
17 Oct 2019
Thousands of employees at Asda face dismissal next month if they refuse to sign a contract that will require them...
26 Sep 2019
Drivers and riders working for eCourier, a same-day delivery service owned by Royal Mail Group, have voted for strike action,...
23 Sep 2019
A future Labour government would reduce the average working week to 32 hours, shadow councillor John McDonnell has told delegates at the party's Brighton conference.
21 Sep 2019
Pressure is mounting on Labour from the unions to commit to repealing all anti-union legislation since the 1980s.
20 Sep 2019
Several companies are supporting employees in the UK who are participating in the Global Climate Strike protests taking place today.
13 Sep 2019
Transport for London workers on the District Line have voted overwhelmingly for industrial action in protest at the growing levels of violence from passengers.
9 Sep 2019
A no-deal Brexit would send the NHS – “our nation's greatest institution” – into a state of chaos, health service union Unison has warned.
9 Sep 2019
Graduates from wealthier backgrounds are more than twice as likely to be on a £30,000 starting salary than those with working-class roots.
5 Sep 2019
UK workers risk being subjected to 19th-century working conditions if the balance of power is not reset between employers and their staff.
2 Sep 2019
Starting salaries for teachers will reach as much as £30,000 by the 2022-23 academic year under a range of plans announced today.
15 Aug 2019
Asda staff have taken part a rally outside the retailer’s headquarters in Leeds in protest over contract changes that will...
8 Aug 2019
Ryanair’s UK pilots have voted to strike over pay and conditions, claiming that the airline has refused to deal with unions for “decades”.
1 Aug 2019
UK employers face a 30-minute “general strike” in support of the Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, according to a motion...