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Oct
26
2018

And so the other boot finally drops

The long-running legal battle over union recognition for Boots pharmacists has finally concluded. The Central Arbitration Committee (CAC) has decided this month that Boots pharmacists can be collectively represented by..

Oct
09
2018

Uber strike - disrupting the disruptors?

Is one of the innovations of the gig economy the creation of a section of the workforce who can go on strike without risk or consequences?..

Oct
04
2018

Strikes in the gig economy

As the UK hospitality industry suffers disruption by disgruntled workers it is a timely reminder that there is a large UK population of workers who are feeling exploited by the..

Jul
27
2018

Strike action could not go ahead despite a majority of votes in favour

Before a strike can be lawful, unions have to hold a secret postal ballot of the union members who could take part. Earlier this year, the government offered civil..

Jan
25
2018

Creative attempt by union to expand the scope of statutory recognition fails

As we predicted, the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC) has rejected an application by a trade union for statutory recognition to negotiate directly with the University of London on behalf of..

Nov
29
2017

Boots on the back foot

As we blogged in February this year, Boots’ existing agreement with its in-house union, the Boots Pharmacists’ Association (BPA) prevented an application by an independent trade union, the Pharmacists’..

Nov
24
2017

Union bids for recognition with end user not employer

This week a trade union, IWGB, has applied for statutory recognition to represent a group of receptionists, security officers and porters who work at the University of London even though..

Oct
13
2017

Postal staff threaten strike action over Pensions

Since March 2017, under the Trade Union Act, strikes require a turnout of at least 50% of all eligible voters. In the first large scale vote since the legislation..

Sep
22
2017

(Not) Leaving on a Jet Plane – Thomas Cook injunction attempt against striking pilots fails

Since 1 March 2017, one of the conditions for a strike ballot to be lawful is that voting papers must include the period in which the proposed industrial action is..

Sep
15
2017

Not Lovin’ It - McDonald’s workers take part in first UK strike

Last week McDonald’s was hit by its first strike since first opening its doors in the UK in 1974. Workers took to the picket line amid concerns over low wages..



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