Strike action

Government stalls proposed workers' rights watchdog

The UK government has reportedly shelved plans to introduce an independent body to oversee workers' rights in the country.

12 months of 2022: January

As we reach the end of the year, our 12 Days of Christmas countdown revisits each month's most notable happenings

Unison takes striking dispute to Supreme Court

Trade union Unison is looking to challenge a Court of Appeal decision from March 2022 which allows companies to punish workers who lawfully go on strike.

Royal Mail faces backlash over gig economy workforce plans

Royal Mail employees will strongly oppose plans to introduce gig economy style measures into the company following the latest breakdown in pay negotiations.

Trade unions unite to battle government over strike regulations

Trade unions across the UK, in conjunction with the Trades Union Congress (TUC), have joined together to pursue legal action against legislation that allows organisations to use agency workers as...

UK set for collision course with UN over strike action

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has reported the UK government to the United Nations (UN) over its attempts to derail strike action in the country.

Strikes and industrial unrest: FAQs

It is being widely reported that various parts of the UK economy face the threat of industrial action over the remaining months of 2022.  In the last 20 years, it was 2011 that saw the largest number...

Employee relations to enter new era of instability

Following the news of strikes at the likes of Royal Mail, British Airways, Network Rail and Ryanair, around half (53%) of UK employers believe the country is entering a new, more unstable period of...

GMB v Bolt: Is the gig finally up?

This month, trade union GMB has pledged to launch legal action against app-based taxi company Bolt regarding the status of its workers.

Plans to scrap agency cover ban for strikes slammed

Proposals allowing employers to use agency workers to carry out the duties of striking staff have been branded unworkable, according to experts.

Rail strike could be combatted with agency workers following legal change

Government is considering using agency workers to replace striking staff during one of the largest rail strikes in history, set to take place next week.

Strikes return after pandemic reprieve

Recent high-profile industrial action, such as the Transport for London (TfL) Night Tube walk-out, have signalled the return of strike action after a general pause over the past two years as a result...