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

New and updated

  • Trade union balloting rules take effect on 1 March

    Date:
    17 February 2017
    Type:
    News

    New Regulations confirm that the Trade Union Act 2016 rules on strike votes, picketing and union dues will take effect on 1 March 2017

  • Trade Union Act 2016

    Date:
    16 February 2017
    Type:
    Editor's choice

    The main provisions of the Trade Union Act 2016 come into effect on 1 March 2017.

  • Employment law update with Darren Newman

    Date:
    15 February 2017
    Type:
    Editor's choice

    Our upcoming podcast will provide an overview of the key employment law changes on the horizon, including those coming into force in April.

  • Labour disputes

    Type:
    Indicators

    Updated to include official statistics from the ONS for December 2016 on days lost to labour disputes and the number of stoppages. The next ONS release date is 15 March 2017.

  • Handling industrial action

    Type:
    Employment law manual

    Updated to reflect that changes under the Trade Union Act 2016, including provisions relating to balloting and strike action, will come into force on 1 March 2017.

  • Picketing

    Type:
    Employment law manual

    Updated to reflect that the measures relating to the supervision of picketing under the Trade Union Act 2016, will come into force on 1 March 2017.

  • Date:
    14 February 2017
    Type:
    Legal timetable

    New trade union members must opt in to the political fund.

  • Date:
    13 February 2017
    Type:
    Legal timetable

    The Trade Union Act reforms the rules on trade union ballots for taking industrial action.

  • Case round-up

    Date:
    1 February 2017
    Type:
    Law reports

    Chris Cook is a partner and Keely Rushmore is a senior associate at SA Law. They round up the latest rulings.

  • Date:
    27 January 2017
    Type:
    Legal guidance

    Consultant editor Darren Newman considers the additional restrictions on industrial action for "important public services" under the Trade Union Act 2016. He also explains why any further limitations on industrial action might not be wise with Brexit on the horizon.