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Employee Relations, Trade Unions and the Law

Sustain harmonious and mutually beneficial relations - build confidence dealing with Unions

This is a sample learning overview that we can design and deliver specifically for your organisation.

Typically designed and deliver as a one-day course, we can provide a comprehensive grounding in the ‘collective’ side of employment law and employee relations. Your 'Employee relations, trade unions and the law' course will cover EU and UK aspects and is ideal for practitioners seeking a comprehensive introduction to all major aspects of this area of law.

A thorough understanding of rights and responsibilities in collective matters is crucial for HR professionals - particularly in larger organisations - in both the public and private sectors.

Designed for personnel and employee/industrial relations officers and others who need a good understanding of collective employment law.

Learning highlights

  • Be able to explain essential elements of trade union law
  • Understand the Information and Consultation Regulations
  • Describe key elements of union recognition
  • Understand collective bargaining in the negotiation of terms and conditions
  • Be able to advise on the law relating to industrial action
  • Adopt appropriate employee relations strategies


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Trade Unions, Recognition and Employee Consultation

  • Definition and legal status of trade unions
  • Independence of trade unions
  • Nature and status of collective agreements
  • Recognition and its importance
  • The statutory recognition procedure
  • Recognition rights
  • Disclosure of bargaining information
  • Information and consultation – redundancies, reorganisations and transfers of undertakings
  • European Works Councils
  • Information and consultation of employees
  • The European Company Statute

Industrial Action and the Individual

  • Effect on the contract of employment
  • Effect on statutory employment rights
  • Deductions from pay
  • Dismissal during industrial action
  • A right to strike?
  • Case study



Liability of a Trade Union for Industrial Action

  • Liability for the economic torts
  • The statutory immunities
  • Removal of the immunities
  • Secondary action, picketing
  • Action to enforce union membership, to impose union recognition, in support of dismissed unofficial strikers
  • Strike notices and strike ballots
  • Liability of a trade union in tort

Freedom of Association: the employer/employee relationship

  • Freedom of association and human rights
  • Refusal of employment for trade union reasons
  • Detriment or dismissal for trade union reasons
  • Dismissal and industrial action
  • Offers of inducements - the individualised contract
  • Case study

Freedom of Association: the member/union relationship

  • Membership rights
  • Enforcement of the rule book contract
  • The right not to be excluded or expelled
  • The right not to be unjustifiably disciplined

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