Country Rating: 3

  • Regular violation of rights

  • Government and/or companies are regularly interfering in collective labour rights or are failling to fully guarantee important aspects of these rights. There are deficiencies in laws and/or certain practices which make frequent violations possible.

Samaritans do not recognise unions: The charity organisation, the Samaritans, employer of 110 employees, has had a voluntary recognition agreement with Unite since 2005. However, at a recent meeting management reneged on the agreement and refuses to discuss the issue. Unite now plans to initiate a statutory recognition process.

Barriers to lawful strike actions: The procedures for calling a legal strike are long and very technical. Unions must give notice to the employer of the intention to hold a ballot, of the results of the ballot, and of the intention to strike. An employer can seek an injunction against a union before a strike has even begun if the union fails to properly observe any of these steps.

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