Trade Union Act 2016: What is says; what it means

01 March 2017

The Trade Union Act is implemented today, but what does that mean for workers and trade unions?

Find below our easy to read guide to the new legislation and what it will mean for industrial relations.

In our Manifesto for Labour Law - 25 recommendations for reform, the principles of which have been adopted by the Labour Party - we call for the full repeal of the Trade Union Act 2016.

Click here to read more about the Manifesto for Labour Law

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Support a progressive future for post-EU UK

The Institute of Employment Rights’ Manifesto for Labour Law has gained widespread support from the Labour Party, and several major trade unions.

Our proposals, which have been offered as the basis of discussion for Labour’s employment law plan for post-EU UK, include:

  • Reinstating a Ministry of Labour, the main role of which will be to promote and oversee sectoral collective bargaining
  • Reintroducing sectoral collective bargaining across the economy
  • Repealing the draconian measures of the Trade Union Act
  • Reviewing the over-regulation and bureaucracy imposed on the labour movement and individual workers to remove barriers to justice and negotiation

These measures will bring us closer to the economic model of the strongest and most efficient economies in Europe, where collective bargaining coverage reaches 80% compared with under 20% in the UK.

They will also promote a more equal society, a healthier society, and a more resilient national economy. At a time when the UK has the worst levels of wage inequality in Europe, and is suffering the widest productivity gap since records began in comparison to the rest of the G7, our population is in urgent need of change.

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