Industrial relations

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Content published before December 2016

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on industrial relations. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Commons Briefing Papers

21.10.2016The National Minimum Wage: rates and enforcement
A briefing paper on National Minimum Wage rates and enforcement; part of a wider series on the National Minimum Wage.
26.08.2016Brexit: impact across policy areas
This Commons Library briefing paper looks at the current situation in a range of policy areas and considers what impact Brexit might have. This will depend, among other things, on the Brexit negotiations, whether the UK stays in the European Economic Area and how the Government fills any policy gaps left by withdrawal.
15.06.2016Trade unions: blacklisting
This note sets out the background to the the Employment Relations Act 1999 (Blacklists) Regulations 2010, and discusses recent developments.
26.04.2016Trade Union Bill: Lords Amendments
Many of the Trade Union Bill's clauses were amended during its passage through the Lords. This short paper summarises those amendments.
09.11.2015Trade Union Bill - Committee Stage Report
The Trade Union Bill 2015-16 was introduced in the House of Commons on 15 July 2015.
08.09.2015Trade Union Bill
The Trade Union Bill 2015-16 was introduced in the House of Commons on 15 July 2015.
21.05.2014The National Minimum Wage: historical background
This note provides an overview of the historical background to the National Minimum Wage Act 1998.
29.01.2014Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill: Lords amendments
An update on the amendments to the Bill during its passage through the House of Lords.
15.10.2013Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill: Progress of the Bill
This Note charts the progress of the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill through Parliament. It complements Research Paper 13/51 prepared for the Commons Second Reading.
27.08.2013Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill
The Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill was introduced to the House of Commons on 17 July 2013. This briefing has been prepared to inform the Second Reading debate on the Bill which is scheduled to take place on 3 September 2013.

Lords Library Notes

20.11.2015Trade Union Bill (HL Bill 74 of 2015-16)
This briefing provides information in support of the House of Lords consideration of the Trade Union Bill.
21.12.2007Employment Bill [HL] (HL Bill 13, 2007-08). LLN 2007/010
Employment Bill. House of Lords Library Note 2007/010

Select Committee Reports

22.11.2011Political party finance: ending the big donor culture.
Committee on Standards in Public Life report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

That this House notes that trade unionists undertake 100,000 hours of unpaid voluntary work per week; further notes that they have been described as the workplace wing of the Big Society; ...
That this House supports full trade union rights for the Prison Officers' Association (POA); notes that the International Labour Organisation criticised the previous administration ...
That this House notes the strike by many Welsh musicians of 19 to 21 December 2011 during which they will withdraw permission for their compositions and performances to appear on Radio ...
That this House is alarmed at the re-arrest of Ebrahim Madodi from the Vahed Trade Union Syndicate in Tehran; calls for his release and that of fellow trade unionist, bus workers' leader, ...
That this House supports the industrial action being undertaken by public sector unions on 30 November 2011 to protect their members' pensions; and calls on the Government to engage ...


  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses