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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 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...
17 Jan 2020
New NI minister of health secures funding for pay parity with NHS England.
16 Jan 2020
Some of England’s fire and rescue services have a 'toxic, bullying culture' and a lack of diversity, inspectors have found.
14 Jan 2020
We look at six important employment law cases that will get the headlines in 2020, covering significant issues such as...
7 Jan 2020
University lecturers in Scotland are to be re-balloted on whether to strike over pay and increasing workloads.
The Educational Institute...
18 Dec 2019
Thousands of nurses in Northern Ireland have gone on strike over “unsafe” staffing levels and pay inequality with the rest...
17 Dec 2019
Commuters will be given a “basic right” to get to work each day under a new law set to be...
17 Dec 2019
British Airways pilots have accepted a new pay deal, ending the dispute over pay and conditions that led to a...