Trade Union Representation
You may be surprised to learn that when attending meetings with your employer you are only entitled to be accompanied by a work colleague or a trade union representative.
In addition, you may be surprised to learn that the right to be accompanied only extends to disciplinary or grievance hearings, and not for example investigation meetings or consultation meetings in a redundancy process. However, some employers may offer the opportunity to be accompanied by a work colleague or trade union representative in meetings which do not strictly meet the definition of a disciplinary or grievance hearing.
Even though there is a right to be accompanied in disciplinary and grievance meetings, many employees will not have a representative in the meeting, either because they are not members of trade unions or because they fear subjecting their work colleagues to victimisation if they were to accompany them in meetings with their employer.
The good news for employees faced with this sort of dilemma is that you do not have to be a member of a trade union to have a trade union representative, and our team are delighted to be able to refer you to a professional trade union representative who will accompany and you represent you in meetings with your employer.
The trade union representatives that we work with can help you at a time when you most need it by:
- Presenting your case
- Asking questions of your employer and their witnesses
- Ensuring the process is followed correctly
- Ensuring that you do not say anything that would jeopardise your position
We have developed an Unfair Dismissal Guide for Employees to provide you with essential information on employment rights, capability, conduct, gross misconduct, redundancy, illegality and automatic unfair dismissals.
We have put together a redundancy procedure guide for employers to outline the full process, selecting people for redundancy, common mistakes and vital information you should consider to be able to make informed decisions.
Being told that your job is at risk of being made redundant is a devastating blow for anyone. Redundancy can have a significant financial impact on you and your family. This guide will give some useful action points that can help you understand your rights when facing redundancy and steps you can take to try and find other employment.