Industrial action happens when there is a dispute between an employer and their workforce and includes the refusal of staff to do something as a bargaining weapon. Often this involves a strike but can also include doing the bare minimum or ‘working to rule’, refusing overtime or deliberately working slowly.
Often industrial action is organised by trade unions, but it does not have to be, and to participate in industrial action you do not have to be a member of a union.
Taking industrial action can amount to a breach of contract and so employees need to think very carefully before they choose to participate. At the very least an employee does not have the right to be paid whilst they are on strike or refusing to work, so you should bear this in mind. However, the law does protect those participating in industrial action in certain circumstances, including to stop them from being dismissed. However, the rules that apply are complex and you should ensure that you know the implications and risks for you when participating in industrial action. We can provide you with expert advice on your particular circumstances and ensure that your rights are upheld and you are protected as far as possible.