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Ongoing Industrial Disputes

Last updated May 12, 2023 Edit

# Main methods of Industrial Action

# Who suffers from industrial action?

# Business

# Employees

# Industrial Disputes

# Amazon workers in Coventry

# Why are they striking?

# Who is striking?

# Which union is facilitating the strike?

# What is the goal of the strike?

# Case Study: Striking

# Junior Doctors

# Union


# Why?

# Offer from government?

# What are the union members looking for?

# Who is affected?

# How would I solve the dispute?

# Teachers

# Union

NEU, NAHT, and others

# Why are they striking?

# Government offer

# What are union members looking for?

# Who is impacted?

# How would I solve the dispute?

# Rail workers

# Union

# Why are they striking?

# Have they received an offer?

# What are the union members looking for?

# Who is impacted?

# How would I resolve the dispute?

# Passport Office Staff

# Union

# Why are they striking?

# Have they been given an offer?

# Who is affected?

# How would I solve the dispute?

# Avoiding Industrial Disputes

# Works Councils

# Settling disputes using ACAS

# Mediation

# Conciliation

# Arbitration

# Improving employer-employee relations worksheet

  1. Good employer-employee relations aims to reduce conflict through improved communication and employees views being listened to and taken into account when decisions are being made. Employer-employee relations focuses on these two groups working together to achieve the same objectives. This is, of course, easier said than done and its success will often depend on the business’s culture.

  2. Good employer-employee relations lead to: LESS staff turnover MORE Labour productivity MORE motivation LESS industrial action MORE ideas from employees MORE mutual trust LESS absenteeism MORE employee retention

  3. Trade Unions - A group which represent the views of their members. Usually organised by profession/industry. - Through collective bargaining they will represent their member’s views and negotiate with employers on issues such as working conditions, pay, redundancies and unfair dismissal. They may carry out industrial action eg, calling a strike.

    Works councils - Committees including employees (who have been elected by their co-workers) and management who discuss issues which affect the business as a whole. - This provides a forum for employees to communicate with management.

    ACAS - A publicly funded organisation which offers free and impartial advice to both employees and employers - Aims to resolve disputes between employees and employers and support good relationships through methods such as mediation, conciliation and arbitration.

  4. Benefits and drawbacks to employee involvement in decision making


    • Greater employee satisfaction leads to greater support from employees
    • Employees will raise issues that affect them before they lead to external parties being required


  1. To what extent do you agree/disagree with…
    • Employee involvement in decision making is a good thing
      • Agree
        • By involving employees, decisions that affect them can be discussed with them before being finalised, giving them a feeling of control over their situation.