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Wondered what's going on when schools are closed due to strikes? Or why the trains aren't running due to industrial action? Wondering what would happen if you took part in a strike at work? Here's all the info you need to know.

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 below: 

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 listed below:


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.