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In brief

The Baker McKenzie London Employment team is delighted to share episode one of our new virtual miniseries, which focuses on the various challenges that organisations are likely to need to navigate when facing industrial action. A number of the factors and issues that are relevant to the current spate of trade disputes and industrial unrest – rising energy prices, the cost of living crisis, high rates of inflation – are not expected to disappear or resolve themselves overnight. As such, industrial action, or at least threats of industrial action, is expected to increase in prevalence across different industries and organisations over the coming months.

We are joined by Jonathan Tuck and Richard Cook in episode one, with the focus of this session on the industrial action process. In this introductory session we explore what the industrial action process looks like, why it’s important for the process to be right, who can go on strike if industrial action is happening and what the legal remedies are for organisations if the industrial action process is not done properly.

Stay tuned for episodes two and three, where we will discuss what you should do if you get a ballot notice, and practical approaches to contingency planning for periods of industrial action.

Please click here to watch the video chat.


Jonathan Tuck is a partner in the Baker McKenzie employment department. Jonathan joined the Firm in June 2012 and completed secondments at Google between March and July 2015 and British Airways between July 2015 and January 2016.


Richard Cook is a Senior Associate in Baker McKenzie London office.