You may remember our forecast for 2017 included the implementation of the Trade Union Bill. From 1st March 2017, the Trade Union Act 2016, will come into force.

The Act requires 50% turnout on any strike votes. It also requires more information to be included on voting papers, unions appointing a picketing supervisor on all strikes and a time frame on when strikes can begin following a vote in favour.

However, for the Health, Fire, Transport, Education and Border Security public services there are separate regulations which require at least 40% of all eligible voters to vote in favour of strike action.

The Act is expected to reduce strike action. However, it may result in more unofficial strikes taking place.