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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.
11 May 2020
Employers want more clarity on when and how their employees should return to work after Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s address...
4 May 2020
TUC critical of non-binding guidance; CBI applauds government 'flexibility within a framework'.
4 May 2020
'Mixed messages' and social distancing worries among union concerns over plans to increase train services.
29 Apr 2020
Pilots’ union Balpa is calling for British Airways to ask for a government bailout after the airline announced it would...
6 Apr 2020
Employers may still have questions even after Rishi Sunak's clarification of the system's details.
6 Apr 2020
Swedish derogation contracts finally become unlawful from today, as REC calls for coronavirus clarification for agency staff.
20 Mar 2020
Airlines manoeuvre to slash employee costs in response to coronavirus.
19 Mar 2020
ON-DEMAND | As the true impact of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic becomes apparent, employers are facing...
13 Mar 2020
Airlines and manufacturers are having to lay-off staff but how easy is this, particularly as different rules and agreements govern relationships with employees in different countries.
10 Mar 2020
Trade union Unite has warned against extending the amount of time drivers can operate their lorries, saying that while its...
20 Feb 2020
Staff at 74 universities have begun 14 days of strikes, the latest wave of industrial action over changes to pensions...
17 Feb 2020
The Supreme Court will consider whether an automotive parts firm made “unlawful inducements” when it bypassed a trade union and...
31 Jan 2020
NHS trust moves to 'insource' 1,000 cleaners, porters and catering staff previously on minimum wage.
30 Jan 2020
Academics at 74 universities may strike this term after a re-ballot of staff showed strong support for the dispute over the union stance on pensions and pay.
21 Jan 2020
The government has provided more information on pay increases for teachers since it announced the biggest sustained uplift in pay...