Trade unions and works councils

Asia: The Role of Unions

Unions are becoming increasingly prevalent across Asia. Here we take a look at which aspects of the employment relationship unions may be involved in Singapore, Hong Kong, the People's Republic of China, Thailand, Indonesia, South Korea and Japan.

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Australia: The new NERR – another bargaining stumbling block?

From 3 April 2017, there is a new look to the most controversial form in enterprise bargaining – the notice of employee representational rights (NERR). The NERR is the form an employer must use to notify employees, when enterprise bargaining … Continue reading

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UK: Legislative developments- Trade Union Act 2016

The majority of the Trade Union Act 2016 is to come into force on 1 March 2017, including the new ballot requirements, changes to the required notice for industrial action and expiry of the mandate for industrial action. Further details … Continue reading

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Australia: The right to vote – casual academics and enterprise bargaining

In brief Two recent decisions have provided some important guidance on the obligation for employers to include, or not include, casual employees in enterprise bargaining processes under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Act).1 These cases are of particular relevance to … Continue reading

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Australia: When must an employer’s premises be available for union meetings?

In brief The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has held that union officials have no right to enter employers premises to hold discussions with employees before their shift commences nor after their shift is completed.1 This changes the pre-existing understanding of … Continue reading

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UK: Trade Union Act 2016 heralds significant reform to industrial action law

On 4 May 2016 the Trade Union Bill received Royal Assent. The Trade Union Act 2016 is expected to come into force by early July 2016 and will make significant changes to rules on industrial action and union subscriptions/ facility … Continue reading

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Australia: Employers do not need to hold out for legislative change to activate useful enterprise bargaining levers

In recent weeks, we’ve seen a very familiar industrial relations dynamic play out in the media. Imminent strike. Employees demand higher wages. Employer offers a 2.5% increase. Employees reject the offer because similar interstate roles receive higher pay. Employer claims that … Continue reading

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Australia: Final report of the Heydon Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption

In brief The Federal Government released the Final Report of the Heydon Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption (Royal Commission) on 30 December 2015. The Royal Commission has made a significant number of recommendations for reform of industrial relations … Continue reading

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UK: Trade unions – draft bill and consultations

The Trade Union Bill announced in the Queen’s Speech has now been published, revealing further details of the government’s proposals. In addition to the trailed requirements for a 50% turnout for industrial action and, in certain key public services, for … Continue reading

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UK: Employment law proposals in Queen’s Speech

The Queen's Speech on 27 May included a number of employment law reforms:

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