As JD Wetherspoon’s Workers Announce Strike, What Rights Do Employers Have During A Strike? JD Wetherspoon’s workers have announced that they will strike on October 4th, albeit after the company brought forward an annual pay award from April 2019 to November 2018.
Colleagues at two Brighton branches unanimously voted in a ballot box to join McDonald’s and TGI Friday workers at a demonstration in Leicester Square, London, next month.
The aim of the strike is to achieve a £10-an-hour minimum wage for employees of all three establishments. This industrial action will mark the first of it’s kind, for the four decades that the pub company has been in business.
Employees from McDonald’s in Brixton, Crayford, Cambridge & Watford as well as TGI Friday workers in Milton Keynes, Covent Garden and Stratford will join the employee’s from Brighton to strike.
So what must employers understand about the rules of unions within industries and the procedures around strikes? ELAS Legal Consultant, Enrique Garcia, details how employees are protected when deciding to take part in a strike and what you can and can’t do as an employer:
If any workers are considering strike action then they need to be mindful that there are strict rules to follow A failure to follow the rules could result in an injunction preventing the strike and compensation to the company for any lost earnings When a strike is lawfully arranged and follows all the rules then there are protections available for the employees lawfully participating Dismissing employees for taking part in lawful strikes is an automatically unfair dismissal Employers cannot legally use agency workers to cover striking workers
If you wish to discuss in more detail how you can work with your employees to avoid strike or what you can and can’t do as an employer; get in touch with our employment law team today on 08450 50 40 60.