collective employment law

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Is that branch of employment law that regulates the activities and behaviour of trade unions, works councils, and employers' associations and the pattern of interaction between the two sides of industry. It is concerned with issues such as the rights of workers to collective consultation and codetermination, the freedom of trade unions to organize, internal union government, trade union recognition, collective bargaining, and strikes, lockouts, and other forms of industrial action. In the UK, there have been major changes in collective employment law over the past two decades. These have included the requirement placed on unions by the Conservative governments of the 1980s and 1990s to rely on postal balloting and the narrowing of trade union immunity. More recently, under the Labour government, there has been the introduction of a statutory recognition procedure, the extension of European works council legislation to the UK, and the adoption of the Information and Consultation of Employees (ICE) Regulations.

Subjects: Human Resource Management.

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