Open Navigation

Trade Unions

Fighting for rights of members

A trade union is an organisation that looks after the interests of a group of workers. They are tasked with protecting the rights of their members, and frequently negotiating collective agreements on pay, holiday and other conditions. Unions normally charge their members a membership subscription fee to finance their work

Trade Unions

There are complex rules on trade union recognition and the process that must be followed before a union can become “recognised” by a business.  Once formally recognised, the business will be under an obligation to consult with that union in relation to any collective bargaining or consultation (such as on collective redundancy).

On an individual level, trade union representatives provide representation and assistance to their members when they are dealing with grievance and disciplinary processes, can act as companions to those meetings and, advise on the terms of settlement agreements.

Workers and employees have the right to choose whether or not to join a union and are protected from unfair treatment and unfair dismissal by their employers on the grounds of union membership.

News

Spotlight on APAC Series: China

In our spotlight on APAC series, we round up the latest immigration changes from across Asia Pacific. In this post, we take a look at the inaugural five-year permit for non-Chinese permanent residents (PRs) of Hong Kong and Macau to enter Mainland China. In line with the visa free schemes introduced across 15 countries for…

Read More

“Fire and Re-hire” Code of Practice comes into force

Last week, on 18 July 2024, the Department of Business and Trade published a new Code of Practice on Dismissal and Re-engagement, more commonly known as fire and re-hire. Employers can contemplate the practice of fire and re-hire when making changes to employees’ contracts, usually for strategic business reasons. The preferred and least risky way…

Read More

Spotlight on APAC Series: Singapore

In our spotlight on APAC series, we round up the latest developments across Asia Pacific. In this post, we look at the impending Workplace Fairness Legislation (WFL), as well as the Flexible Work Arrangement (FWA) expected to roll out in December 2024.   Singapore The upcoming Workplace Fairness Legislation (WFL) in Singapore, expected in the second…

Read More