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Trades Unions & Collective Bargaining

It is sometimes thought that trades unions are things of the past.

Not so. There are some 150 Trades Unions which appear on the Government’s list of those organisations known to satisfy the definition of a trade union, as well as many other unlisted unions, employee representative associations and other organisations.

The legislation and case law which surrounds the rights and obligations of unions and their members is vast and complicated. Our employment lawyers however have the legal and practical experience to advise businesses on all these areas, including:

  • Voluntary and semi-voluntary recognition agreements.
  • Collective Agreements.
  • Requests by unions for recognition.
  • Compulsory recognition processes, including dealings with the Central Arbitration Committee.
  • Working to rule and other actions short of a strike.
  • Strike action, including advice on the legality of notices to employers, ballot papers and other parts of the process.
  • Rights to pay for partial job performance.
  • Collective Bargaining.

Businesses will often have workplace representatives in one form or another. These employees have numerous rights, such as to time off for union duties and activities, training and learning. When these rights arise and whether requests for time off are reasonable is complex, but Hewitsons employment solicitors have the skills and experience to advise businesses on all these areas.

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