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“Are we allowed to join a union?” August 7, 2009

Posted by tomcwu in About us, Getting involved.

I’m sometimes shocked to hear statements like this from Carphone and TalkTalk workers:

When I joined four years ago in our induction we were told that people who had called the union before, and they had been marched off the premises, and the same thing would happen to us if we tried to get the union involved.

Just to make it absolutely clear:

  • Stories like this – and including this – are rumours, not facts.
  • You have a legal right to be a member of a union
  • You have a legal right to be active on behalf of your union (e.g. encourage others to join) during your own time (e.g. lunch and break times, after and before work)
  • Union members have a right to be represented in a discipline or grievance meeting (and some other meetings) by a union representative

That’s all folks!



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