Union Rights… and Wrongs: The Reform of Britain’s Anti-Union Laws (Download, trade union)

Research reports show that many workers still fail to enjoy trade union rights at work, contributing to a substantial increase in Tribunal claims.

Lord John Hendy QC | Feb 2020
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Legislation introduced in the UK since 1997 has undoubtedly put in place a more positive and worker-friendly framework of individual employment rights than existed in the deregulated days of the 1980s and ’90s. Nevertheless, research reports show that many workers still fail to enjoy the benefit of these rights at work, contributing to a substantial increase in Tribunal claims.

At the same time, Britain still has “the most restrictive laws on trade unions in the western world” with many statutory controls on basic rights of representation, recognition and strike action remaining. This is despite the standards set and agreed at an international level and the growing popularity of trade unions in the UK.

In this short but extremely informative booklet, John Hendy QC – an internationally recognised expert in the field of trade union rights – provides a power-packed insight into the extent of the current restrictions on legitimate trade union activity and an analysis of what is needed to reform Britain’s trade union laws.

This is a well-timed reminder of the positive role free and independent unions can play in establishing a socially just and economically efficient society.

A5; 52pp; ISBN 1 873271 86 7;

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