Need advice or support with a problem you’re having at work? Got a discipline coming up, or feel you may be being treated unfairly? This page is for you.
Already a union member?
Good move. All you have to do is contact your local branch, or workplace rep, and arrange a meeting to go over your case and agree a strategy. In the case of a discipline, you may like to wait until you have received your papers through the post from the company, laying out the charges before holding that meeting. You have a right to postpone your discipline hearing for up to 5 working days in order to get a suitable time for your union rep or colleague of choice to attend – but let us know as soon as possible! If you don’t know who your nearest rep is, use the contact us page to get in touch.
If appropriate, the union will support an Employment Tribunal against the company if initial hearing and appeal are unsuccessful. This possibility means that the company always has to treat union members’ cases with a certain seriousness.
Not a union member?
You have to be a union member to get union support. We can offer only limited support in the case of a discipline case which has already commenced when a member joins – normally limted to advice, and sometimes accompaniment at appeal stage. However (apart from suggesting that you join now, in case another issue comes up in future), please contact your local branch or rep to discuss your individual problem. Due to our own resources, and in order to prevent the union from being used as a charitable service, we are generally unable to offer proper support in cases which are already active at the time of joining. Join now!
What are disciplines and grievances?
A discipline is the company’s process for workers who it believes may have stepped outside its rules. Basically, it involves taking you through a series of meetings where evidence is heard, and you get questioned by the company. If you have a colleague or union officer with you, they can interject on your behalf, make reference to points of law, and object to unfair process.
A grievance is the process workers can use to take up any issue they have with the company regarding what may be unfair treatment. There is no limit to the issues that can be raised in a grievance, although we do encourage members to attempt to resolve issues informally where possible. Like a discipline case, if grievances are not successful at appeal, they can sometimes be taken to an Employment Tribunal.
Got a question about your rights?
Ask away below, we’ll see what we can do – or drop us an email using the details on our contact page…