Although trade union membership is in overall decline, many sectors are still highly unionised and face complex collective bargaining processes and potentially damaging collective disputes.
For organisations who recognise a trade union, maintaining a successful working relationship with that union is important to the smooth operation of the business. Even for workplaces without a trade union presence, engaging with staff is key, not least because of collective consultation requirements where significant organisational design is being considered.
We have a number of specialists who are well-versed in dealing with employee relations issues who can guide you through pay negotiations, collective consultation processes and recognition agreements, whether on a voluntary or statutory basis, to make these as painless as possible for you. We also provide training for employee representatives so that they can properly understand their role in order to better support any organisational design programme.
Balancing employee relations with the commercial interests of the business can be tricky. We offer practical solutions, helping you to identify when to push back on union demands in order to drive business needs as well as giving you the tools to manage, and if appropriate challenge, any threated industrial action.
Managing employee relations is part of Shoosmiths’ wider employment and immigration offering. If you would like help finding the right team or lawyer please contact us on +44 (0)3700 863 000 or contact us by email to [email protected].