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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.
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.
6 Nov 2019
University lecturers and support staff at 60 universities are to strike for eight days in two separate disputes over pensions,...
1 Nov 2019
Up to 12,000 Asda staff are yet to sign a new contract that will require them to work flexible hours...
30 Oct 2019
Drivers for the minicab app Bolt have staged a protest against what they describe as “unfair” dismissals and its alleged...
28 Oct 2019
A leak over the weekend of a memo confirms that Boris Johnson intends to water down workers’ rights in the post-withdrawal treaty negotiations.
26 Oct 2019
Nearly one million workers aged over 50 are now working through the night with night working at its highest level since records began.
25 Oct 2019
The European Union’s competition commissioner has said that gig workers should be able to “team up” to form unions.
18 Oct 2019
The issue of what happens to workers’ rights has become a central plank in the Brexit debate as MPs prepare...
18 Oct 2019
The British Medical Association has apologised to members after an independent review found that female doctors felt “undervalued, ignored or...