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Trade Union Act 2016 – examining the impact of the new act upon strikes and industrial action

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The Jimmy Reid Foundation is pleased to launch its latest policy paper called The Trade Union Act 2016: what has its impact been so far?’ The paper examines the impact of the new Conservative act upon strikes and industrial action since 1 March 2017, finding that so far it has helped stop a number of strikes. The detailed analysis shows that a number of unions have been affected more by the Act than others and in ways that may not have been anticipated. The paper concludes by drawing upon the different experiences of unions of the Act to suggest a number of ways in which unions may best respond to the situation of the two new thresholds required for a lawful mandate for strikes and industrial action. The launch of the paper was covered by the Sunday Herald today.