Do employees have the right to join a trade union?

Employees have a right set down in the Constitution to join a trade union. You have the right to join the union of your choice and the right to leave a union. There is no legal obligation on an employer to negotiate with a union on behalf of an employee member, unless previously agreed.

Is Acas a trade union?

What is Acas? Acas is an independent public body which seeks to: prevent or resolve disputes between employers and their workforces • settle complaints about employees’ rights • provide impartial information and advice • encourage people to work together effectively.

Can you have a union represent non members?

A Rep is a union member who represents and gives advice to colleagues when they have problems at work. Workers may ask an official from any trade union to accompany them at a disciplinary or grievance hearing, regardless of whether or not they are a member or the union is recognised.

Do I have to tell my employer that I have joined a union?

You do not have to tell your employer if you are a member. Use our Union Finder tool to see which union is relevant to you. What are National Insurance and income tax? My employer says that work rights don’t apply to me because I’m a ‘worker’, not an ’employee’.

Can I be fired for joining a union?

Your employer cannot legally fire you for talking to, joining, or even organizing a labor union. This is because the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) protects your right to form, join, or assist a union. Under the NLRA, employers may not: Fire, demote, or transfer you for joining or supporting a union.

Do employers have to follow ACAS?

The Acas Code of Practice on disciplinary and grievance procedures is the minimum a workplace must follow. Although the Acas Code is not the law, if a disciplinary case reaches an employment tribunal, judges will take into consideration whether the employer has followed the Acas Code in a fair way.

Can I take someone with me to a work meeting?

You don’t usually have a right to bring anyone else. You can ask your employer if someone else can accompany you, but they don’t have to agree to this. They might have a policy of allowing a wider range of people to come with you. The person who comes with you is called your ‘companion’.

Can my employer refuse to speak to my union?

No. Every worker has a right, by law, to choose whether or not to belong to a trade union or to participate in lawful union activities. Action by the employer aimed at preventing a worker from exercising this right, whether at the recruitment stage, during employment or by termination of employment, is unlawful.

Can I be kicked out of the union?

Being expelled by a trade union Broadly there are two circumstances in which a trade union may be able to expel you: a class of membership reason: if you no longer belong to a class of membership (for example, builder) set out in the trade union’s rules, that it wishes to represent.

Is UCU worth joining?

When you join UCU you are joining a union of professionals like yourself who can rest easier in the knowledge that they will not face their problems alone. UCU members can get representation and support from trained UCU representatives and full-time officials as well as expert legal advice.

What is ACAS guide on trade union and employee representation?

Acas guides on trade union and employee representation Advice for employers on trade union and employee representatives’ rights to time off, training and facilities to carry out their duties.

What can an ACAS do for an employer?

Acas can provide confidential information and advice about many employment relations issues (including trade union recognition) and can help employers, employees and trade unions to work together to resolve problems away from the sometimes emotionally charged atmosphere of the negotiating table.

Who are the members of a trade union?

A trade union is an organisation with members who are usually workers or employees. It looks after their interests at work by doing things like: negotiating agreements with employers on pay and conditions.

What are the ACAS, CBI and TUC joint statement on redundancies?

Acas, CBI and TUC joint statement on handling redundancies. 1. Do it openly. There are rules for collective redundancies (those involving 20 or more staff), but whatever the scale, the sooner people understand 2. Do it thoroughly. 3. Do it genuinely. 4. Do it fairly. 5. Do it with dignity.