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Trade Unions

Helping you manage trade unions relationships is one of the things we’re best at.

Very few employment lawyers have any experience of dealing with trade union relationships, formal recognition or industrial action.  They’re mostly terrified of it.  That’s not the case with Menzies Law.  We can offer you decades of experience of successfully helping employers handle collective relationships.

Trade Union experts

Bargaining units, thresholds, Central Arbitration Committee, statutory recognition process, strike ballots… Trade union law is a complex and rather antiquated maze but one we have concrete expertise in.  Working with us, you’ll have an excellent guide to navigate its intricacies.

We can take the strain by giving you the understanding, self-assurance and strategy to manage your trade union relationships in the way that’s right for your business.  Our trade union experts offer you over 20 years of experience in a wide range of union-related activities.  We blend common sense and pragmatism with a thorough understanding of the relevant law gained which has been gained across a variety of unionised sectors and types of business.

Union recognition

Our team has helped a lot of businesses recognise and de-recognise trade unions since this area of law was revolutionised during the early 2000’s. We’ve renegotiated and terminated recognition agreements and have regularly sat across the table from trade union officials, negotiating the details of a formal recognition agreement so that it works for all concerned.  Sometimes it’s easy, sometimes it’s not. Whatever the journey, you’ll have Menzies Law’s trade union experts on your side of the table.  You can have confidence in your plan and a strategy to stick to it, whatever might be thrown at you.

We’ll ensure your trade union recognition agreement is fit-for-purpose, striking the right balance for your business needs and your workforce, without over-committing you.  The days of having to go through collective bargaining about the type of loo paper in the lavatories (we’re not kidding)
should be well behind you.

Pay negotiations

You can rely on us to provide you with all the strategy, tactics and planning to ensure successful pay negotiations with your trade unions.  Sometimes it involves facing off a strike in order to achieve the pay formula your business needs.  Sometimes it is simply sitting round the table negotiating on whether it’s going to be 2% or 4%.  Whatever the situation, we’ve handled it and we’ll work side by side with you to see it through in a way that produces a fair result for all.

Industrial action

No-one wants a strike, a work-to-rule or even the hint of an industrial action ballot.  But sometimes it happens, whatever approach you take.

When you work with our trade union experts, we take away the worry and lack of confidence that you might very reasonably have.  Outlining the likely outcomes, your options and our opinion on the reasonableness of each side’s positions is our approach.  You will have us on hand, as much as you need us for managing any kind of industrial action and to reach a positive conclusion for your business and your employees.

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