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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.
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,...
23 Oct 2018
Hundreds of schools and nurseries are closed in Glasgow after around 8,000 workers began a two-day strike over a long-running...
23 Oct 2018
Public sector workers could have wage increases based on their performance or where in the country they work, the chancellor...
15 Oct 2018
Pay talks between Nissan UK and its employees on Wearside have been delayed because of Brexit fears.
Companies in the...
9 Oct 2018
The IWGB union has a called a 24-hour strike against Uber and is urging the public not use the taxi-hailing...
4 Oct 2018
Workers at McDonald’s, TGI Fridays, JD Wetherspoon, Deliveroo and Uber Eats are staging a 24-hour walk out today, in separate...
2 Oct 2018
Can you dismiss before a probationary period ends if they're not up to the job?