first_imgIncreased partnership workingbetween employers and unions has helped reduce the number of strike actions inthe UK.The Office forNational Statistic research shows that the strike rate in the UK fell from 12days to 10 per 1,000 workers in 2000, promoting the UK to sixth in a ranking ofthe EU’s member states with the lowest frequency of industrial actionIndustrial action inthe EU as a whole was reduced by 42 per cent in the five-year period between1995 and 1999. The strike rate was reduced by 43 per cent in UK in the sameperiod. The TUC attributes itto partnership working. A spokesperson said, “Strikes are at an all-timelow in the UK and partnership is now the most common approach to industrialrelations. Most employers no longer see unions as adversaries, but as sensiblepartners to involve in the successful running of organisations. “But whenrelationships do break down in the workplace and employers behave badly, unionscan still use the threat of industrial action to protect the rights of theirmembers at work.”The UK’s rate ofstrike action is three times less than the average for member countries of theOrganisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. The UK has the tenthlowest strike rate in the OECD. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Union partnerships cut UK strikesOn 24 Apr 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more