Going on strike or undertaking any other kind of industrial action is not something people take lightly, and usually only happens as a last resort. However, as a member of a union, workers have the right to go on strike when they are unhappy about such things as working conditions or health and safety. If you have undertaken strike action and somehow suffered an accident in the course of this, you may be in a position to make an industrial action accident claim.
Many strikes often include pickets outside of the workplace or public protests. Such public gatherings are normally organised by the union responsible for the strike, and therefore health and safety should be taken into consideration to make sure nobody gets hurt by overcrowding or perhaps nearby vehicles. If an accident happens, it may be because of negligence on somebody else’s part.
Why do people go on strike?
Industrial action usually takes place when people who work in a particular industry, or perhaps for a particular employer, are unhappy with some aspect of their employment and negotiations to resolve the problem have stalled or failed. Union-backed strikes resulting from an official ballot are completely legal and within the workers’ rights. The action could be the result of poor working conditions, disagreements about salary or working hours, redundancies or many other factors.
When a strike takes place, it is almost always the case that staff gather outside the workplace in order to form a picket. Even though some people may not agree with the strike, it is important that the safety of all concerned is still taken into consideration, and people can take industrial action safely. If you have been involved in a strike picket and have somehow got hurt, you may be able to make an industrial action accident claim compensation with our help.
How can Accident Advice Helpline assist you?
We are proud to be the UK’s largest personal injury specialist law firm and as such have a wealth of experience helping people to claim compensation for many different kinds of accident and injury. When you call us on our freephone telephone line, you are under no obligation to make a claim, and can simply take advantage of our free initial advice. Should we take on your case, we work with a no win, no fee guarantee, meaning that if your case is not successful, there are no solicitors’ fees to pay. Call today on 0800 689 0500 to see how we can help you.
Date Published: July 18, 2014
Author: David Brown