Unions must comply with a series of stringent legal procedures in order to take industrial action.
All cases of industrial action in Prospect must be authorised by the National Executive Committee and all ballots will be organised by a full-time officer (FTO) of the union. Branches should contact their full-time officer as soon as industrial action is being considered.
If the statutory provisions are not followed, members taking part in strike action can lose protection against dismissal and the union could face a claim for damages from the employer.
The law on industrial action balloting is contained in Part V of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992.