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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.
19 Oct 2020
Tesco, Arla Foods and Tata Steel are among employers backing a campaign to persuade the government to rethink plans to scrap the Union Learning Fund.
14 Oct 2020
University staff and unions are considering next steps after it was revealed yesterday that Sage (the Scientific Advisory Group for...
29 Sep 2020
Unite has described a tribunal case launched today as “a wake-up call” for employers that have fraudulently claimed funds from...
25 Sep 2020
The leader of a union representing senior civil servants has branded the government’s attempts at bringing staff back to Whitehall...
24 Sep 2020
Employers must “exhaust all possible alternatives” before making redundancies, a joint statement from Acas, the Confederation of British Industry and...
17 Sep 2020
The chief executive of British Airways has told MPs that it sees no need to ‘fire and rehire’ cabin crew...
16 Sep 2020
The Unite union has added to calls for the government to extend the furlough scheme beyond the end of October...
11 Sep 2020
As R rate rises Civil Service union raises doubts over 80% return to office bid.
10 Sep 2020
A woman with Covid-19 was initially dismissed from her job for failing to follow absence procedures.
10 Sep 2020
Two in five workers will be unable to pay their bills if they have to self-isolate for two weeks on...
7 Sep 2020
Ministers are pushing for central government employees to return to offices as soon as possible, according to a letter seen by the BBC.
4 Sep 2020
TUC's job protection and skills plan urges the government to prepare for the jobs of the future, ensure younger workers gain new skills and establish a fairer labour market.
3 Sep 2020
The GMB union, one of the UK’s largest trade unions, has been branded ‘institutionally sexist’ by a barrister leading an...
20 Aug 2020
British Gas employees have threatened to strike over claims it is forcing staff to accept worse employment contracts or face...