We went on strike for one day. Can our employer refuse to pay us?

You are not entitled to be paid for days you did not work. An employer's failure to pay when workers go on strike is a lawful deduction from wages.

Refusing to work by going on strike puts you in breach of your contract of employment. However, as long as your strike was called in accordance with the laws governing industrial action, you are protected from dismissal. This protection currently lasts for a period of 12 weeks.

Speak to your union if you need more information about this. Sometimes there is a strike fund set up by the union to be able to support members taking industrial action.

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.

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