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17 March 2010

New LRD legal guide - Taking industrial action

Industrial action is in the news and making headlines. Just this month in the public sector 200,000 civil servants took two days of action in protest against cuts and spending reductions and in the private sector British Airways cabin crew voted by over 90% for action to be taken against imposed cuts in pay and conditions.

At this point in time with the economy in downturn, the looming threat of severe public service cuts, tax increases and substantial job losses, particularly in the public sector, it is clear that knowing how to take industrial action is crucially important.

Taking industrial action - a legal guide, is a new booklet from the Labour Research Department designed to present the relevant information about taking industrial action so that union reps clearly understand the procedures and process and are prepared for the obstacles that employers may put in place.

It would be easy to believe that industrial action can be taken at the drop of a hat but in fact British trade union legislation in this area remains amongst the most restrictive in the developed world. The legal reforms instituted in the wake of the 1984 miners' strike, now in the form of the Trade Union and Labour Relations Consolidation Act 1992 (TULRCA), have barely been moderated since and the consequences of a failure to observe the provisions of TULRCA when going out on strike are severe.

Taking industrial action - a legal guide explains all the legal aspects and possible consequences of taking industrial action in clear and concise language, using examples from case law to illustrate points where relevant. It explains about immunities, the procedure for balloting, taking and stopping industrial action, the law on picketing, dismissal and industrial action and the effects on terms and conditions.

This vital 40-page guide costs just ?5.05 and there are discounts available for bulk orders. Extra copies are often purchased by unions for union courses and for distribution among reps, officials and activists in branches.


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