Information for employers on trade unions can be found on the NI Business Info website by clicking on the link in the ‘External links’ section.  This includes information on:

  • working effectively with trade unions;
  • recognising and derecognising a trade union;
  • working with non-union representatives;
  • trade union membership rights; and
  • internal disputes.

 

Information for employees on trade unions can be found on the NI Direct website by clicking on the link in the ‘External links’ section.  This includes information on:

  • trade union recognition;
  • collective bargaining;
  • joining a trade union;
  • trade union-related rights;
  • blacklisting; and
  • trade union activities.
  • This is one method that employers use to work with trade unions or works councils to negotiate matters such as terms and conditions of employment for certain groups or all their employees.

  • This section includes information on official industrial action; unofficial industrial action; repudiation of industrial action; and lawful industrial action.

  • An employee who is an official of an independent trade union is entitled to paid time off in certain circumstances.

  • The Safety Representative and Safety Committees Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1979 apply to organisations that have recognised trade unions for collective bargaining purposes.