Lidl workers win trade union representation case


A small group of employees employed by the supermarket giant Lidl have won the right to trade union representation. Although they only make up 1.2% of the company’s workforce in Great Britain, the Court of Appeal has ruled that the warehouse operatives at one of Lidl’s distributions centers are an appropriate ‘bargaining unit’. The law […]

Trade Union Act in force in March 2017

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A number of provisions of the Trade Union Act 2016 are coming into force on 1st March 2017.  Strikes and industrial action have been a hot topic recently. Post Office workers, baggage handlers and check-in staff at airports and train workers have all staged walkouts in the last few months, causing widespread media coverage and […]

Foster Care Workers Establish Trade Union

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Employers should be aware that a group of 60 foster care workers have voted to establish a trade union. This will create the first ever trade union for the profession. One of the key reasons why the carers are keen to set up a union is to address their widespread concern about their lack of employment […]

The Left’s View on Workers’ Rights

Owen Smith

While it looks like the current Government aren’t planning any substantial changes to employment rights, as hinted at by David Davis, the Labour leadership challenger, Owen Smith, has made a number of pledges if he were to become leader. Entitled a “Manifesto for Fairness at Work”, Mr Smith has focused his attention on “giving working […]

Election 2015 – Employment Law Implications

Whilst all the polls for the General Election predicted a hung parliament, the Conservative Party have in fact secured a majority. What does this mean for employment law issues in the next parliament? Here are details of the employment pledges contained within the Conservative Party’s manifesto: National Minimum Wage would rise to £6.70 per hour […]