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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
  • Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) - The central purpose of BIS is to help 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 - Employer - 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.

Equality and diversity

  • Age Positive Group - We are 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.
  • Equality Britain - Equality Britain aims to promote opportunities in Employment and Education to people from all sections of the community.
  • Fair Play Partnership - Fair Play provides a range of support, guidance, training, research and consultancy services on diversity, equality and social inclusion issues.
  • The Gender Agenda - tackles gender equality issues and research in Britain.
  • UK Resource Centre for Women in science, engineering and technology - This is the official website funded by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform as part of their Strategy for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology.
  • Diversity Works for London - Diversity Works for London (DWfL) campaigns for a London where businesses harness the benefits of a diverse workforce and supplier base and provide excluded Londoners with a chance to share in the city's opportunities and prosperity.

Advisory organisations

  • Access Association - The Access Association's aim is to improve access and facilities for all people with specific accessibility requirements.
  • Age Works: Profit from experience - an organisation dedicated to championing the rights of people between 45-65.
  • 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.
  • Labour Relations Commission (Ireland) - The Commission provides a range of industrial relations advisory and mediation services to meet the particular demands of employers, employees and their representatives.
  • Supply2.gov.uk - Suppy2.gov.uk is the only official lower-value (typically below £100,000) contract opportunity portal, created by the Government, specifically to assist small businesses to sell to the public sector and grow their business.

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.
  • Employee Relations Forum - The Employee Relations Forum is a high profile network of HR professionals, trades union representatives, employment lawyers and academics.
  • 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

  • AMICUS
  • 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 British Diatetic Association
  • Community - The Union For Life (National Union of Knitwear, Footwear and Apparel Trades)
  • Connect - The union for professionals in communications
  • 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
  • FPB - Forum of Private Business
  • GMB - General, Municipal and Boilermakers Union
  • HCSA - Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association
  • NASUWT - The National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers
  • NUJ - National Union of Journalists (unofficial site, maintained by London Freelance Branch) 
  • 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
  • TUC - Scottish Trades Union Congress
  • TGWU - Transport and General Workers' Union
  • TSSA - Transport Salaried Staffs' Association
  • UNISON
  • USDAW - Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers. 
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