5. Non-union employees and strikes
You can ask non-union employees to cover work during a strike, as long as:
- this is allowed by their employment contracts
- you don’t discriminate against any employee directly or indirectly
Non-union staff and striking
If non-union members go on strike, they are protected from dismissal and have the same rights as union members, as long as the industrial action is lawful.
You can’t hire agency staff to provide temporary work cover during a strike.
Agency staff who are already in place as part of normal business can carry on as usual.