Trade unions

Felicity AlexanderEditor's message: The Trade Union Act 2016 was enacted on 4 May 2016. We provide information about the Act, which is not yet in force, in our Employment law manual: Employment law manual > Trade unions and industrial action > Handling industrial action > Future developments. We will update this information with the implementation dates for the Act's provisions as soon as they are announced by the Government.

To assist with recognition or derecognition of a trade union, we have model procedures: see Policies and documents > Employee relations > Trade unions. The consequences of union recognition for employers is explained in our Employment law manual > Trade unions and industrial action > The consequences of trade union recognition.

We also provide a model facilities and time off for trade union duties and activities agreement to help you set out guidelines for providing trade union facilities and how your organisation will deal with applications for time off for trade union duties and activities.

Our content includes practical guidance to avoid a dispute leading into industrial action: see How to avoid a dispute escalating into industrial action. In addition, we have a podcast on negotiating terms and conditions with a trade union, as well as guidance in How to negotiate terms and conditions with a trade union.

Felicity Alexander, employment law editor

Latest items in Trade unions

  • Date:
    15 September 2016
    Type:
    Legal guidance

    The autumn months promise to be a busy period for HR practitioners as they get to grips with a host of employment law changes. Bar Huberman sets out the top 10 upcoming legislative changes that employers need to be ready for, even though many implementation dates have yet to be confirmed.

  • Labour disputes

    Type:
    Indicators

    Updated to include official statistics from the ONS for July 2016 on days lost to labour disputes and the number of stoppages. The next ONS release date is 19 October 2016.

  • Unions to shine light on "businesses that treat workers like animals"

    Date:
    13 September 2016
    Type:
    News

    The general secretary of the TUC Frances O'Grady warned "greedy businesses that treat workers like animals" that they have no place to hide in her speech at the TUC Congress in Brighton.

  • Senior medics wade into junior doctors strike row

    Date:
    2 September 2016
    Type:
    News

    A group of senior medical professionals has condemned the latest series of strikes proposed by junior doctors.

  • Podcast: The Trade Union Act 2016

    Date:
    22 July 2016
    Type:
    Audio and video

    Consultant editor Darren Newman joins us to discuss the implications of the Trade Union Act 2016 for both public and private-sector employers.

  • Podcast: The impact of the Trade Union Act 2016

    Date:
    22 July 2016
    Type:
    Editor's choice

    We discuss how the key provisions of the Trade Union Act 2016 are likely to impact on employers.

  • Podcast: Employment law update

    Date:
    8 July 2016
    Type:
    Audio and video

    We provide a mid-year round-up of the key legal developments for employers, including the Trade Union Act, gender pay gap reporting, public-sector exit payments, the apprenticeship levy and the latest position on holiday pay cases.

  • Podcast: Mid-year employment law update

    Date:
    8 July 2016
    Type:
    Editor's choice

    We discuss the latest developments in employment law, including Brexit, the Trade Union Act, gender pay gap reporting and the apprenticeship levy.

  • Podcast: Employment law update

    Date:
    6 July 2016
    Type:
    Editor's choice

    Look out for this week's podcast, where we will provide a mid-year update of the latest developments in employment law, including Brexit, the Trade Union Act, gender pay gap reporting and public-sector exit payments.

  • How should you deal with a surge in sickness absence during industrial disputes?

    Date:
    6 July 2016
    Type:
    Editor's choice

    As Southern Railway cuts 350 trains from its timetable due to staff sickness, we examine what options employers have where they suspect absent employees are taking part in unofficial industrial action.