Trade unions and industrial action

Trade unions and industrial action guidance:

In order to have statutory immunity from tortious liability, some acts by a trade union will have to satisfy both the more general statutory conditions (see...

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Collective agreements are agreements negotiated between trade unions and employers or employers' associations. Enforceability between union and employer A collective...

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A union member has a statutory right not to be unjustifiably disciplined by his union. This is in addition to the common law right arising from his...

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An employee or prospective employee has a number of rights relating to his employment that arise as a result of his union membership status. These rights arise whether: •...

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An individual has a statutory right not to be excluded or expelled from a trade union, save in certain specified circumstances. There is also a more limited common law...

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Although industrial action is often seen primarily as a battle between an employer and a trade union, it must be remembered that: • the union is only acting on behalf of...

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Industrial action is potentially very disruptive for an employer’s business. Hopefully, a union will use industrial action as a last resort, and other solutions will be...

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Picketing is not a term with any exhaustive statutory or other definition. However, it is generally used to refer to various types of activity which: • take place on the...

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A statutory procedure by which trade unions may seek compulsory statutory recognition by an employer, for the purpose of collective bargaining, is available in certain...

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A number of individual statutory rights may arise in specified circumstances relating to the activities of a trade union: • trade union officials are entitled to...

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A collective agreement is an agreement negotiated between one or more trade unions and employers or employers' associations and which relates to one or more of the...

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Establishment and membership The Central Arbitration Committee is an independent arbitration body established by statute (section 259 of the Trade Union and Labour...

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FORTHCOMING CHANGES:The Trade Union Act 2016 includes various measures in relation to unions such as further changes to the role of the Certification...

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The ability to withdraw labour is a powerful weapon in the arsenal available to trade unions, and hence industrial action forms a significant aspect of collective...

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A number of specific rights are conferred on an independent (see Practice Note: Trade union listing and independence) trade union once it has been recognised by a...

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Employers and employment agencies will typically wish to obtain references or undergo other vetting processes when deciding who to give work to—see Practice Note:...

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