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

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