Striking the Right Balance - The Impact of Strikes on Employment Contracts

Posted in : Essential Guide to Employment Contracts on 25 May 2021
Kiera Lee
Mills Selig
Issues covered: Industrial Action; Collective and Trade Union Issues; Dismissal for Striking; Strike Action

In the current climate, change to working conditions, hours and relationships is inevitable. The end of Furlough and other business supports could bring turbulent times. Contracts of employment can be successfully varied using the correct process and sufficient consultation, but the employee strikes at leading UK bakery, Hovis are a timely reminder of the challenges that lie ahead for employers.

‘Flour’ to the People – employee rights 

The strike at the Hovis bakery plant in South Belfast began just over a week ago. Employees are seeking pay parity with Hovis employees in Great Britain. The strike, supported by Unite the union, has disrupted supply in both Northern Ireland and the

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This article is correct at 25/05/2021

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Kiera Lee
Mills Selig

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