Trade unions

Laura MerryleesEditor's message: The relationship that your organisation has with its trade unions can be key to maintaining an engaged and productive workforce. Achieving a positive dialogue with unions requires an understanding of the law that underpins industrial relations. This can extend from the process of collective consultation to time-off rights for trade union members and officers.

Following the enactment of the Trade Union Act 2016 on 4 May 2016, this understanding becomes even more important as the industrial relations landscape changes. The Act reflects the intention of the current Conservative administration to "reform trade unions and to protect essential public services against strikes". Keeping abreast of these changes will help your organisation manage its operations and adapt to the new regime.

Laura Merrylees, employment law editor

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