Should the courts settle industrial disputes?

Preliminary findings from IRS and XpertHR's 2010 survey on working with trade unions show that one in 10 employers would consider a legal injunction in appropriate circumstances if faced with industrial action. 

BA's successful application this week for a High Court injunction to stop planned cabin crew strikes follows a similar court action by the airline in December 2009. In April 2010 Network Rail was also granted an injunction after it alleged discrepancies and inaccuracies in the RMT's ballot for a national strike. With signs of greater industrial strife in some parts of the economy some employers could be more willing to take legal steps to halt strike action. 

Taking part in the latest IRS survey will enable you to benchmark your organisation's practice and provide you with:

  • an analysis of how management and unions handle individual and collective disputes; and
  • an insight into the relationship between employers and trade unions from an HR perspective. 

Our previous research covers:

Trade union recognition (1): trade union membership The first article in our four-part series on trade union recognition examines the extent of trade union membership. 

Trade union recognition (2): union recognition agreements We discuss the content of trade union recognition agreements. 

Trade union recognition (3): facilities for trade unions IRS explores the facilities provided to trade unionists in the workplace. 

Trade union recognition (4): working with trade unions The final article in our four-part series on trade union recognition examines the nature of the relationship between unions and employers.