Trade Union Freedom Bill

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Since 1997, the Government has made a number of important changes to UK industrial action law. Nevertheless, UK trade unions members have fewer rights to take industrial action than in 1906 when the current system of industrial action law was introduced. Those participating in lawful industrial action remain vulnerable to dismissal and victimisation. UK law on industrial action also places heavy financial and bureaucratic responsibilities on trade unions and fails to reflect economic changes and the restructuring of the labour market.

In April 2006, the TUC General Council published proposals for a Trade Union Freedom Bill. Read the summary of the main proposals.

A draft legislative text of the Trade Union Freedom Bill, which reflects the General Council’s proposals has also been prepared. The text of the Bill was prepared with the advice of John Hendy QC. [view the full text], as well as brief explanatory notes on the Bill

Download a copy of the colour leaflet 'The case for a Trade Union Freedom Bill to modernise UK law on industrial action' (pdf file)


TUC Briefing on the draft Trade Union Freedom Bill
30 January 2007
March 2006 Trade Union Freedom Bill The Fairness at Work Composite Resolution adopted at Congress 2005 called on the General Council to support a Trade Union Freedom Bill. The Bill marks the centenary of the Trade Disputes Act 1906 which first introduced the UK system for immunities from tortious liability...
28 April 2006