Industrial action reforms: An end to a “summer of discontent” or a damp squib?
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Placard on a picket line during a rail strike
David Hopper
David Hopper is a partner at Lewis Silkin specialising in industrial relations and collective employment law
Lee Nair
Lee Nair is a partner at Lewis Silkin specialising in global acquisitions, TUPE, and the contingent workforce


Against a backdrop of widespread industrial action, the UK parliament has repealed the longstanding ban on agencies supplying workers to cover during strikes. It has also quadrupled unions’ potential liability for calling unlawful strikes to £1m. This article examines these developments, which apply only to England, Wales, and Scotland, and their implications.


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