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Industrial Action

Industrial Action Labour Law

Workers taking official industrial strike action are usually backed and handled by a Trade Union.

Industrial action laws in the United Kingdom protect your statutory employment rights if the strike is in accordance with a properly conducted ballot.

Your right to strike from work does not usually violate your workers' legal position of continuous employment if your stop-work revolt is in-line with employment labour laws and industry legislation of the United Kingdom.

Dismissing a protected employee who strikes, or takes part in other activities relating to industrial strike action such as an overtime ban, will be grounds for an automatic unfair dismissal claim.

Workers taking part in lawful strikes receive protection for the first eight weeks while procedural steps are undertaken to resolve the dispute.

The employee's protected period is extended if your employer does not take reasonable steps to solve the industrial walkout.

Types of Industrial Strike Action

Trade Union's Call for Industrial Action

A recognised trade union may serve notice for their members to join their call for a strike. This movement happens most often when a dispute cannot be solved through reasonable negotiations.

The call for industrial action must involve the majority of all union members who are entitled to vote. The voting process is organised through a properly organised ballot - postal vote.

The ballot usually includes all of those affected by the dispute. The trade union should inform all their members, and management, the full results of the ballot. A committee or trade's union official (noted in the voting paper) may then decide to call for a striking walkout. The details of when and how should be given to all members and the employer.

Taking Part in Industrial Action

The legal issues for taking part in industrial action are covered by statutory labour law in the United Kingdom. Employee's rights give you the choice whether to take part or not. Trade union members have the right to vote to determine how to proceed and you cannot be disciplined if you abstain from a strike. If your trade union expel or exclude you from the procedure you may protest to an employment tribunal.

Industrial Strike Action Laws Overview; UK Rules Updated 2017