Can an employee be dismissed for taking lawful industrial action?

A person taking lawful industrial action is protected from dismissal for at least 12 weeks, as he or she is deemed to be acting in furtherance of a trade dispute. In practice it can be difficult to dismiss striking employees even after the 12-week protected period. If it can be shown that the protection does not apply by virtue of the employee's personal conduct, then the employer may dismiss that employee on those grounds and rely on the individual conduct as the reason for the dismissal.