Workers can sometimes temporarily stop working because they're on strike or taking industrial action. Strikes or industrial action can happen for a variety or reasons and there are various rules to follow when holding legal strikes.
We've pin-pointed some of the key facts.
What is a strike?
A strike or industrial action is an action taken caused by a dispute between Trade Union members and employers. It is a refusal to work by employees until the dispute has been resolved.
Why do people strike?
The dispute can be over a variety of issues including:
How do strikes come about?
For a strike or industrial action to happen, there needs to be an official, legal trade union ballot first. This ballot is a vote among members that basically asks employees whether or not they'd like to take action.
Some of the key rules in holding a ballot are:
Your rights during a strike
Once a ballot has been cast, and action has been decided, what happens if you decide to take part in the industrial action or a strike at your workplace?
There are a few things you should remember:
If you want to find out more about industrial action and strikes, you can have a look at the Gov.UK's page and to find out more about trade unions and/or join one you can visit TUCs website.
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