The Trade Union Act became law on 4 May 2016 and many – but not all - the new rules are now in force. The Act represents the most serious attack on the rights of trade unions and their members in a generation.
As soon as the Bill was introduced, unions joined together to campaign to defeat the proposals and where this was not possible, to damage, dilute and delay them.
In response to union campaigning nationwide, the government made several concessions, including:
Whilst the union movement made significant progress in many areas, the TU Act is still damaging and divisive. It includes serious and unnecessary restrictions on unions and their members, including:
The government is also still considering ending the ban on agency workers replacing strikers.
From the start, the government’s aim was to further restrict the ability of union members to organise collectively in defence of their jobs and livelihoods. But unions will work together to make sure our movement gets stronger, continuing to represent people at work, tackling inequality and campaigning and negotiating for decent pay, safe workplaces and good employment conditions.
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