Can our employer refuse to pay us for when we were on strike?

Although refusal to pay wages counts as a deduction from wages, failure to pay when workers go on strike counts as a lawful deduction.

The amount to be deducted may be specified in your employment contract or a collective agreement.

Your union may have organised a strike fund 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.