What rights does a union rep have?
Union representative or steward – has statutory rights to represent members in the workplace and carry out other workplace duties. Health and safety representative – has statutory rights to cover many aspects of health, safety and welfare in the workplace and attends health and safety committee meetings.
Can a union rep be disciplined?
Disciplining trade union officials: As with other employees, trade union officials have a statutory right not to be subjected to a detriment if the main reason for the employer’s actions is to prevent or to deter the employee from taking part in trade union activities, or to penalise the employee for doing so.
Are union reps protected?
Protect says Whistleblowing law should make clear that trade union reps who do not work for the whistleblower’s employer are protected under the law when raising concerns.
What can a union rep do?
What do union reps do?
- discuss any concerns you have about your employer.
- go with (‘accompany’) you to disciplinary or grievance hearings with management.
- represent you in negotiations (‘collective bargaining’) over your pay and terms and conditions of employment.
Can a union rep refuse to represent you?
This legal principle quite simply states that a union must represent all workers equally and without prejudice. A union cannot refuse to represent or improperly represent a worker due to the worker’s age, race, creed, nationality, sex, religion, political beliefs, union status or personality.
How do you deal with union representatives?
10 Basic Guidelines for Talking to Union Representatives
- Train supervisors and managers on all labor laws.
- Train all leaders on the company’s perspective about unions.
- Always stay calm and level-headed during any discussion with any employee.
- Never use profane language.
What does a union rep do at a disciplinary?
The representative is permitted to address the disciplinary hearing to: put the worker’s case; sum up that case; and/or respond on the worker’s behalf to any view expressed at the hearing. The representative is also permitted to confer with the worker during the disciplinary hearing.
How do you get rid of a union representative?
When employees no longer want to be represented by a union or want to replace the union with a different one, they can vote to decertify the union. The process to decertify a union starts with filing an RD petition at the regional National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) office or electronically on the NLRB website.
How do I get rid of a union representative?
To revoke a union’s bargaining rights, you file an application and a petition of support with the Board. This petition must show that 40% or more of members in the bargaining unit support the revocation application.
Can a union rep ask questions?
In larger organisations, often, the union representative will be a workplace representative who is also a co-worker. The Trade Union Representative can present and/or sum up your employee’s and say things to support their case. They can confer during the hearing but cannot answer questions on their behalf.
What is the ACAS Code of practice on time off for unions?
The Acas Code of Practice on time off for trade union duties and activities is the minimum an employer should follow for handling these issues in the workplace. The statutory provisions in this Code of Practice are in bold type. For advice on how to apply this Code of Practice, see the Acas guides on trade union and employee representation.
How are the representatives of ACAS elected?
The representatives are usually directly elected by the workforce but sometimes are appointed by management. This use of appointments does, however, limit the authority of representatives in the eyes of the workforce. Acas does not endorse the practice of managerial appointment of representatives.
What is ACAS?
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.
Can ACAS act as my representative in conciliation?
Acas will not act as your representative. We cannot take sides. But you can ask someone to represent you in early conciliation if you do not want to represent yourself. They can be a friend, relative or someone you work with. Or they can be someone experienced, such as a union official, lawyer or someone from a law centre.