Trade unions

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.


Tesco temporarily barred from ‘fire and rehire’ at Livingston warehouse

17 Feb 2021

Usdaw has won a court case preventing Tesco from moving staff at its Livingston distribution centre onto new contracts.

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Managers pushing employees into workplaces, says TUC

12 Feb 2021

One in five working people are still going into work some or all of the time, according to a poll...

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Ex-Arcadia Group staff seek pay-out for alleged redundancy failings

10 Feb 2021

Law firms claim the Arcadia Group did not properly consult with employees ahead of mass redundancies.

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Centrica boss: ‘firms need way to change terms and conditions’

3 Feb 2021

The boss of British Gas owner Centrica has told MPs he is ‘committed’ to reaching a settlement with the GMB...

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Job-finding support launched as furlough extension calls grow

3 Feb 2021

The government has launched a new Job Finding Support Service amid growing pressure from business and unions to further extend...

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Deliveroo collective bargaining case reaches Court of Appeal

2 Feb 2021

Worker status case to be tested again following Central Arbitration Committee's 2017 decision not to recognise riders' claim for collective bargaining.

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Airbus staff support cut in working hours to save jobs

2 Feb 2021

Airbus workers in Flintshire have voted to cut their working week by up to a tenth to avoid compulsory redundancies.

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Asos buys Arcadia brands in deal that puts 2,500 jobs at risk

1 Feb 2021

Asos has acquires the Topshop, Topman, Miss Selfridge and HIIT brands from collapsed retail group Arcadia but no stores included.

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Rail union threatens national strikes if pay is frozen

1 Feb 2021

State subsidy now being paid to railway companies means employees will be subject to public sector pay restrictions – to the ire of the chief rail union.

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BA will not go ahead with ‘fire and rehire’ in cargo division

27 Jan 2021

British Airways has secured a deal with the Unite union which, if approved by its members, will end the long-running...

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One in 10 threatened to be ‘fired and rehired’

25 Jan 2021

A tenth of workers have been told to re-apply for their jobs on worse terms and conditions, according to a...

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Action needed to cut Covid-19 spread in courts

22 Jan 2021

Courts in England and Wales are ‘unsafe’ and have failed to implement Covid-19 secure measures across all buildings, organisations representing...

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Nissan Sunderland plant to protect up to 70,000 jobs

22 Jan 2021

Car maker Nissan has confirmed it will keep its Sunderland plant open for the long term now that a trade...

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Ryanair pilots’ trade union detriment case over first hurdle

20 Jan 2021

Ryanair pilots who saw their staff travel benefits removed after they took part in a strike in 2019 will have...

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Aviation in ‘jobs death spiral’ as Norwegian cuts 1,100 jobs

14 Jan 2021

Norwegian Air is to close its long-haul operations to concentrate on its short-haul network in Scandinavia, meaning around 1,100 staff...

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