12 months of 2023: January

As we reach the end of the year, our 12 Days of Christmas countdown rounds up each month's key events.

Employers could use agency staff during strikes following new consultation

Government has opened a consultation on repealing the ban on agencies supplying temporary staff during periods of industrial action.

Strikes down but worker shortages remain, according to ONS

The number of firms with concerns for their business is at its lowest level since February 2022, according to the Office for National Statistics' latest 'Business insights and impact on the UK...

Network Rail excludes RMT members who went on strike from bonus

Network Rail has withheld annual performance-related pay (PRP) bonuses from RMT union members who took part in strikes.

British Airways workers secure major pay increase following fire and rehire strategy

Around 24,000 UK British Airways (BA) staff have secured a 13.1% pay rise over an 18-month period, together with a £1,000 one-off payment.

Ruling against using agency workers in strikes will not be appealed by government

The government will not appeal the High Court decision that using agency workers to cover for workers on strike is unlawful.

Royal Mail settles dispute after 14 months of strikes

Royal Mail workers, represented by the Communication Workers Union (CWU) have accepted a deal that will end a 14 month dispute over pay and conditions.

A year of strikes: what has changed?

Today (21 June) marks one year since the first rail strikes of 2022, which sparked a wave of strikes from nurses, teachers, junior doctors and a number of other professions.

How strike laws and restrictions differ across Europe

Sustained and widespread strike action continues to dominate the headlines this year, driven by rising inflation and the cost of living crisis. While the potential for severe disruption is a common...

NHS strikes should make employers think twice about health

The largest strike in the history of the NHS is a warning bell for employers and HR leaders that they need to be contingency planning and putting strategies in place to ensure their workforces are...


Working parents warned to prepare for teachers’ strike

After an overwhelming vote for strike action by teachers, schools in England and Wales will close for seven days in February and March meaning working parents will have to arrange alternative...

TUC and government clash over right to strike

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has announced a national ‘right to strike’ day of protest on 1 February, following the publication of the government's minimum service levels bill yesterday (10...