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There are a number of other organisations and bodies whose websites are good sources of information about workplace relations. You'll find them organised by subject matter below.

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Government and public sector
Equality and diversity
Advisory organisations
Professional organisations
Trade Unions

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Government and public sector

  • Central Arbitration Committee - CAC is a permanent independent body with statutory powers whose main function is to adjudicate on applications relating to the statutory recognition and derecognition of trade unions for collective bargaining purposes, where such recognition or derecognition cannot be agreed voluntarily.
  • Certification Officer - The Certification Officer is responsible for statutory functions relating to trade unions and employers' associations.
  • Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) - BEIS helps ensure business success in an increasingly competitive world. It is the voice for business across Government.
  • Employment Tribunals - information on how to apply to an employment tribunal and what to do if you have to appear before one.
  • Fit for Work - expert advice on work-related health issues and free occupational health referrals.
  • Government Gateway - You can use this website to register for online government services.
  • GOV.UK - The place to find government services and information, replacing Directgov and Business Link. 
  • Health and Safety Executive (HSE) - The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is responsible for the regulation of workplace health and safety in Britain.
  • Information Commissioner's Office - This website provides information on the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
  • Low Pay Commission - The Commission is an independent statutory non departmental public body set up under the National Minimum Wage Act 1998 to advise the Government about the National Minimum Wage.
  • Business Support Helpline - The Business Support Helpline offers small businesses support and impartial advice. Advisers provide tailored guidance and information on schemes and publicly funded business support programmes available in your area and across England.

Equality and diversity

  • Age Positive Group - This is a team working in the Department for Work and Pensions in Sheffield and London, responsible for strategy and policies to support people making decisions about working and retirement. The Age Positive campaign promotes the benefits of employing a mixed-age workforce that includes older and younger people.
  • Disabled people, GOV.UK - Visit the GOV.UK website for information and services for disabled people on rights, employment, financial support, equipment and much more.
  • Equality Advisory Support Service (EASS) - The EASS Helpline advises and assists individuals on issues relating to equality and human rights, across England, Scotland and Wales.
  • Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) - The Equality and Human Rights Commission promotes equality and human rights in the hope of eliminating discrimination.
  • Equality North East - This organisation tackles equal opportunities and diversity issues in employment in their region.
  • Government Equalities Office - They lead work on policy relating to women, sexual orientation and transgender equality. They are responsible for a range of equalities legislation.
  • UK Resource Centre for Women in science, engineering and technology - UK Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology (UKRC) was established in 2004 with a mission to increase the participation and position of women in science, engineering and technology.

Advisory organisations

  • Access Association - The Access Association's aim is to improve access and facilities for all people with specific accessibility requirements.
  • Citizens Advice Bureau - The Citizens Advice service helps people resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing free information and advice from over 3,200 locations, and by influencing policymakers.
  • Workplace Relations Commission (Ireland) - The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) is an independent, statutory body. It assumes the roles and functions previously carried out by the National Employment Rights Authority (NERA), Equality Tribunal (ET), Labour Relations Commission (LRC), Rights Commissioners Service (RCS), and the first-instance (Complaints and Referrals) functions of the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT).

Professional organisations

  • Confederation of British Industry (CBI) - The CBI aims to help create and sustain the conditions in which businesses in the United Kingdom can compete and prosper for the benefit of all.
  • Employers Forum on Age (EFA) - The EFA is an independent network of leading employers who recognise the value of an age diverse workforce.
  • Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) - The FSB represents the interests of the self-employed and small businesses and aims to promote and further the interests of these throughout the UK.
  • Forum of Private Business (FPB) - The FPB fights for fair treatment of private businesses by decision-makers and supports the profitable growth of members.
  • The Labour Research Department (LRD) - This is an independent, trade union based research organisation that provides research for trade unions and the labour movement.
  • Trade Union Congress (TUC) - The TUC is the voice of Britain at work. With 70 affiliated unions representing nearly seven million working people from all walks of life, we campaign for a fair deal at work and for social justice at home and abroad.

Trade Unions

  • ASLEF - Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen
  • UCU - The University and College Union has been formed by the amalgamation of the Association of University Teachers and NATFHE - The University & College Lecturers' Union
  • ATL - The Association of Teachers and Lecturers
  • BECTU - Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematograph and Theatre Union
  • BDA - The Association of UK Dietitians
  • Community - The Union For Life (National Union of Knitwear, Footwear and Apparel Trades)
  • CSP - The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
  • CWU - Communication Workers Union
  • EIS - Educational Institute for Scotland
  • Equity - Equity is the only Trade Union to represent artists from across the entire spectrum of arts and entertainment
  • FDA - First Division Association
  • GMB - General, Municipal and Boilermakers Union
  • HCSA - Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association
  • NASUWT - The Teachers' Union
  • NUJ - National Union of Journalists
  • NUT - National Union of Teachers
  • PFA - The Professional Footballers' Association
  • PCS - Public and Commercial Services Union
  • Prospect - The Union for professionals
  • SOR - The Society of Radiographers
  • STUC - Scottish Trades Union Congress
  • TSSA - Transport Salaried Staffs' Association
  • Unite the Union
  • UNISON - The public service union
  • USDAW - Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers. 
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