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What is the law on picketing?

Peaceful picketing is entirely legal. Picketing should be carried out at or near an entrance or exit from a site at which the pickets work. When others who are not in dispute come into work or use these entrances or exits, pickets must not interfere with them.

The legal categories of people permitted to picket are:

  • UCU members in dispute
  • former employees who have lost their jobs for reasons connected to the dispute
  • UCU officials and NEC members supporting members in dispute, providing they are accompanying union members who work at the location.

Further detailed advice on the picket lines should be issued separately.

Last updated: 23 July 2013