Can you supply to replace workers on strike?

With job and pay cuts leading to employee unrest, a key topic of conversation in the TUC Conference last week was that of strike action. As this threat increases, you could be contacted to supply replacements as your clients try to complete projects and keep the money coming in.

Tempting though it may be to use the situation to your advantage, employment businesses are prohibited from supplying workers to replace workers on official strike action by the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003 (“the Regulations”). The restriction applies as much to supplying a replacement for someone who has been moved internally by the client to replace the striking worker. So beware.

For those wanting to put business above reputation and wiling to risk having their collars felt, the website domain is probably available!