Official Industrial Action
What is an Official Industrial Action?
Also called an, an official industrial action is a work stoppage by a union.
How Does an Official Industrial Action Work?
Let's say the unionized workers of Company XYZ feel they are underpaid. They have a meeting, and a majority of the union members vote to strike. The workers cease going to work, opting instead to picket outside the company until the management meets their demands.
Why Does an Official Industrial Action Matter?
Official industrial actions are negotiating tactics with legal protections for striking workers. They are very controversial because in some cases, a strike can force the parties to negotiate more in earnest; in other cases (Hostess Brands, for example), a strike can be the final blow anda company (and all of its workers) out of business.