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.


Clearer guidance needed as PM ‘encourages’ return to work

11 May 2020

Employers want more clarity on when and how their employees should return to work after Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s address...

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TUC and CBI offer contrasting views of draft return to work guidance

4 May 2020

TUC critical of non-binding guidance; CBI applauds government 'flexibility within a framework'.

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Rail unions unhappy at plans to increase train services once lockdown lifts

4 May 2020

'Mixed messages' and social distancing worries among union concerns over plans to increase train services.

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British Airways to make 12,000 staff redundant

29 Apr 2020

Pilots’ union Balpa is calling for British Airways to ask for a government bailout after the airline announced it would...

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Furlough: what the updated guidance clarifies, and what it doesn’t

6 Apr 2020

Employers may still have questions even after Rishi Sunak's clarification of the system's details.

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Agency staff gain new rights under the Good Work Plan

6 Apr 2020

Swedish derogation contracts finally become unlawful from today, as REC calls for coronavirus clarification for agency staff.

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BA pilots face unpaid leave as easyJet seeks contract changes

20 Mar 2020

Airlines manoeuvre to slash employee costs in response to coronavirus.

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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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St Mary's Hospital

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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