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