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Employee relations - working effectively with your union and employee representatives


Who should attend

This Employee relations - working effectively with your union and employee representatives training course is designed for experienced HR professionals and in-house lawyers (working in unionised environments in the private or public sectors) who may not have worked with unions recently or who have not had responsibility for ER.


Many senior managers lack experience of working with unions and employee representatives.

This Employee relations - working effectively with your union representatives course is designed to address this need, providing a chance to learn from specialist labour lawyers, HR practitioners and a conciliation expert. We cover the labour law framework and explain how it really works in practice. We also cover current union campaigns and tactics used. We consider the management of workplace information and consultation and running consultation forums.


Day One

09.00 registration and coffee; 09.30 start

The ER framework

  • five strands of law: EU, human rights, statute, contract and tort
  • political and commercial dimensions
  • public expectations of working conditions and employers
  • current ER trends 

Key Players

  • trade unions’ aims, purpose and membership
  • the most influential unions
  • international unions federations, CAC, the Certification Officer, Acas and TUC
  • employee representatives

Trade unions and individual rights

  • recognition
  • protection from inducements, dismissal and detriments
  • blacklisting
  • time-off rights

Consulting with your union

  • when the duty to consult applies
  • collective redundancies, TUPE and contract change, pensions and health and safety
  • protective awards

Negotiating with unions - collective agreements

  • the right to information for collective bargaining
  • scope, enforceability and drafting considerations
  • the range of agreements: formal and informal
  • statutory recognition agreements

16:30 close, followed by drinks and canapés 


Day Two

Negotiation skills workshop


  • stages
  • building the team
  • getting to ‘yes’

Reputation management

  • business, human rights and trade unions
  • leverage and protest
  • current issues, e.g. gig-working and supply chains

Industrial action

  • strikes and action short of a strike
  • balloting rules: what the union has to do
  •  the role of conciliation and Acas
  • sanctions against the employee
  • facing the union, including injunctions
  • use of agency workers
  • new tactics of protest

ER models and new union deals

  • new to the UK: but used abroad
  • shared rights and responsibilities
  • communication channels

European and global works councils

  • European works councils: latest developments
  • global framework agreements with trade unions
  • the interrelationship between national and transnational consultation

16:30 close


Download the full Employee relations training course programme

Advanced employee investigations skills training


Details of the speakers can be found in the above PDF.

Cost: £799

All prices are exclusive of VAT

Group discount:

10% discount for delegate 2 and subsequent delegates.

Online payment discount: 10%

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05/11/2020 - 06/11/2020
09:30 - 16:30 (Local time)

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