The ITUC affiliate in Great Britain is the Trades Union Congress (TUC).
The Office for National Statistics estimates the number of people employed on a stand-by basis, “zero-hour contracts”, at between 200,000 to 250,000 which demonstrates the prevalence of underemployment in the UK. Under these contracts employees have to be available for work but are not guaranteed a minimum number of hours. These contracts create income insecurity for workers and also undermine family life. In fact, the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development calculated that up to four per cent of workers could have been forced to accept such contracts. It has been revealed that Sports Direct employs around 20,000 of its 23,000 staff on these contracts. Other companies using zero-hour contracts extensively include cinema chain Cineworld, Buckingham Palace and JD Wetherspoon.
On 25 March 2013, the House of Lords debated the amendment of the Crime and Courts Bill which would prevent over 3,000 civil servants working for the National Crime Agency from taking strike
The most common form of industrial action, a strike is a concerted stoppage of work by employees for a limited period of time. Can assume a wide variety of forms.
See general strike, intermittent strike, rotating strike, sit-down strike, sympathy strike, wildcat strike action in the future.