Trade Union Act

Documents related to the Act which reform the framework of trade union law.

The government has introduced reforms to modernise trade union law. Reforms introduced by the Trade Union Act:

  • ensure that strike action only ever takes place on the basis of clear and representative mandates, through new thresholds that strike ballots must meet
  • improve transparency and oversight of trade unions
  • require reasonable notice of strike action, and give employers greater chance to prepare for industrial action and put in place contingency plans.


The government is consulting on a number of issues connected with the bill.

  1. Electronic balloting for industrial action: Knight review - call for evidence
  2. Ballot thresholds in important public services
  3. Hiring agency staff during strike action: reforming regulation
  4. Tackling intimidation of non-striking workers
  5. Trade Union Act: political funds


Impact assessments

Published 15 July 2015
Last updated 1 March 2017 + show all updates
  1. Trade Union Act came into force today March 1 2017
  2. New Impact Assessments published
  3. Added impact assessments for the Trade Union Bill, reporting trade union facility time in the public sector and union subscription wage deduction in the public sector.
  4. Added delegated powers and European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) memoranda.
  5. First published.