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. A summary of the main proposals is available from http://www.tuc.org.uk/law/tuc-11539-f0.cfm

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)