What is industrial action? 

Industrial action is the means by which workers group together to form a united front, and act in some way to disrupt their employers business in the furtherance of a trade dispute. It can include actions short of a strike, such as refusing overtime, 'working to rule', or a go slow, or total strike action. 

2022 has seen a significant amount of strike and other industrial action taking place, with employees from across public and private industry downing their tools and taking a stand, back in full by their trade union.

As interest in trade unions increases, and the cost of living bites, leading employees to push harder than ever before for better financial benefits from their employer, we offer you all the resources you need to understand trade unions, and trade union laws.

In this toolkit we pull together information from across the site that will help you learn more.

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