European Trade Union Institute, ETUI.

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Industrial relations in the UK

  • National trade union confederations
    • TUC Trades Union Congress
  • Trade union-related research institute (member of TURI network)
  • ETUI publications:
    • Book 'Rough waters. European trade unions in a time of crises' – chapter 'Dependence on a hostile state: UK trade unions before and after Brexit' (May 2017)

The state of labour market reforms

  • Background summary (last update: Nov 2016)
    • The UK government’s labour market policy, under the Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition government from 2010-2015 and the Conservative government from 2015, has concentrated on a number of key areas, such as unfair dismissal, the use of early conciliation to resolve workplace disputes and the operation of employment tribunals. Read more.


The state of pension reforms


Strikes: latest developments and data

  • Background summary (last update: Nov 2016)
    • There is no fundamental right to strike in the UK. However, if trade unions legally organise industrial action, they are protected from prosecution. Changes to the legal framework governing the organisation of industrial disputes, contained in the Trade Union Bill, may jeopardize this fundamental right. These changes are strongly opposed by trade unions. Read more.

Latest EU Commission documents for the United Kingdom