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.


Coronavirus: What employers need to know (webinar)

19 Mar 2020

ON-DEMAND | As the true impact of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic becomes apparent, employers are facing...

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Staff face ‘temporary’ redundancies and reduced hours

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.

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Coronavirus: Union warns against relaxing drivers’ hours rules

10 Mar 2020

Trade union Unite has warned against extending the amount of time drivers can operate their lorries, saying that while its...

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University staff begin 14-day strike in long-running pay and pensions dispute

20 Feb 2020

Staff at 74 universities have begun 14 days of strikes, the latest wave of industrial action over changes to pensions...

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Supreme Court to hear ‘unlawful inducements’ appeal

17 Feb 2020

The Supreme Court will consider whether an automotive parts firm made “unlawful inducements” when it bypassed a trade union and...

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Key London NHS trust to directly employ 1,000 services workers

31 Jan 2020

NHS trust moves to 'insource' 1,000 cleaners, porters and catering staff previously on minimum wage.

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Crunch time for universities pay and pension disputes

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.

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Proposed salary increases not enough say teaching unions

21 Jan 2020

The government has provided more information on pay increases for teachers since it announced the biggest sustained uplift in pay...

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Health workers’ unions suspend strikes in Northern Ireland

17 Jan 2020

New NI minister of health secures funding for pay parity with NHS England.

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‘Toxic, bullying culture’ and lack of diversity in fire services

16 Jan 2020

Some of England’s fire and rescue services have a 'toxic, bullying culture' and a lack of diversity, inspectors have found.

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Six employment law cases that will shape 2020

14 Jan 2020

We look at six important employment law cases that will get the headlines in 2020, covering significant issues such as...

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Scotland’s university lecturers to reconsider strike action

7 Jan 2020

University lecturers in Scotland are to be re-balloted on whether to strike over pay and increasing workloads.
The Educational Institute...

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Thousands of Northern Ireland nurses strike over pay and resourcing

18 Dec 2019

Thousands of nurses in Northern Ireland have gone on strike over “unsafe” staffing levels and pay inequality with the rest...

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New Bill to provide ‘right to get to work’ during transport strikes

17 Dec 2019

Commuters will be given a “basic right” to get to work each day under a new law set to be...

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British Airways pilots accept new pay deal

17 Dec 2019

British Airways pilots have accepted a new pay deal, ending the dispute over pay and conditions that led to a...

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