People are the lifeblood of most businesses and keeping your employees happy should always remain a top priority for you.
Unfortunately, disagreements can happen from time-to-time and being prepared to handle a trade union or works council will help to avoid costly industrial action and foster lasting partnerships between all parties.
There is nothing to be gained if you’re at odds with your employees and their representative unions, and we help smooth the path for meaningful discussions, negotiations and collaboration where possible. Not only does this make ‘people sense’, it also makes financial and reputational sense too.
Handling trade union relations can be stressful, complicated and fraught with emotion, but it doesn’t need to be. The knowledge and experience that we have gained from working through such scenarios mean that we can deal with issues of unionisation across the country
Sometimes there is a need to play hard ball, and we always have your business interests in mind. Having dealt with trade unions across many sectors, we understand the way they operate and how they negotiate. Dealing with a trade union is not always easy and we can support you, even on the toughest of topics
With your people being integral to the successful running of your business, it is important to make sure that you are building strong relationships with your recognised trade unions. If relationships don’t work or are dysfunctional, disputes may arise. Taking time to understand the needs of your workforce, overlaying that with what the business requires, can help prevent disputes and industrial action that could cost the business good money, goodwill and good staff
We help employers to make the most out of their dealings with trade unions and work councils. Our understanding of how they work and insight into the issues that may arise, ensures that we can support you and your HR teams on agreements, consultations and appropriate courses of action. This can include anything from negotiating voluntary and statutory recognition, to collective bargaining and disputes over terms and conditions of contracts.
How we work with you
From working regularly with businesses operating in highly unionised sectors, such as education, healthcare, manufacturing, work councils and rail, you don’t pay for us to learn on the job. Our deep sector knowledge ensures we deliver solutions with no time or money wasted.
Our resourceful and untiring team help you forge sensible and functional relationships with trade unions to ensure the continuity and success of your business is protected.
Introducing our people
Partner & Head of Commercial, IP & Employment
I am proud to be seen by my clients as being approachable and personable, providing supportive, timely responses. I am a people person and love the human element of employment law
Refuse workers refuse deal
We were appointed by Birmingham City Council
on the well publicised refuse collection dispute.
A complex case defending proceedings brought by Unite against the council.