• AU
Choose your location?
  • Global Global
  • Australia
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Poland
  • Qatar
  • Spain
  • UAE
  • UK

Trade Union & Collective Issues

Small banner emp

The relationship between employer and union can vary on a national and local level, depending on a number of historic factors, respective bargaining positions, the particular characters involved, and the issues at hand.

How we can help

Understanding your legal commercial needs

Inevitably, the strength of such relationships can impact upon the efficient running of your business, the happiness and productivity of your people, and your ability to adapt in the face of challenging market developments.

At DWF we act for a wide variety of employers on all aspects of employment relations issues including advising on:

  • voluntary and statutory recognition requests and agreements,
  • collective bargaining on a wide range of matters such as pay, terms and conditions and pensions,
  • industrial disputes involving high profile strikes, unlawful industrial action, action short of strike and injunctive relief,
  • collective mediation, and
  • collective litigation brought by unions on behalf of their members regarding alleged failure to pay holiday pay correctly, equal pay, and protective awards for redundancy.

Our approach is accessible, practical and innovative in style. We are alert to the potentially sensitive nature of industrial issues and relations, to reputational points of concern, and to the commercial realities and objectives of the client. Our advice is informed by the very real experience of engaging and negotiating with Trade Unions directly.

With a particular focus on strategic risk management and pragmatic commercial resolution, we will help you to resolve potentially insoluble industrial disputes, and will ensure that positive relationships with unions and employees allow your business to focus on business.

Sign up for the latest trending topics and updates
Sign up to receive email updates for our news, webinars and latest thought leadership across your areas of interest.

Understanding the market

Latest insights

We use cookies to give you the best user experience on our website. Please let us know if you accept our use of cookies.
Manage cookies

Your Privacy

When you visit any web site, it may store or retrieve information on your browser, mostly in the form of cookies. We mainly use this information to ensure the site works as you expect it to, and to learn how we can improve the experience in the future. The information does not usually directly identify you, but it can give you a more personalised web experience.
Because we respect your right to privacy, you can choose not to allow some types of cookies. Click on the different category headings to find out more and change permissions. However, blocking some types of cookies may prevent certain site functionality from working as expected 

Functional cookies


These cookies let you use the website and are required for the website to function as expected.

These cookies are required

Tracking Cookies

Anonymous cookies that help us understand the performance of our website and how we can improve the website experience for our users. Some of these may be set by third parties we trust, such as Google Analytics.

They may also be used to personalise your experience on our website by remembering your preferences and settings.

Marketing Cookies

These cookies are used to improve and personalise your experience with our brands. We may use these cookies to show adverts for our products, or measure the performance of our adverts.