Legal Article - Employment Law

The Right to join a Trade Union

Employees and potential employees have a legal right to belong to any Trade Union of their choice, as well as a right not to belong to a Trade Union. They also have the right to take part in the activities of a Trade Union outside their normal working hours, or within normal working hours with the employers permission.
The Courts have interpreted “outside working hours” as including lunch breaks and tea breaks even if the employee is on the employer’s premises.

Employers cannot refuse to employ anyone simply on grounds of their Trade Union membership, nor can they be dismissed or made redundant for that reason.

Whilst in employment individual employees have the right not to have action short of dismissal taken against them to prevent or deter them from belonging to a Trade Union or to penalise them from being a member.

Published: 03 Jun 2011


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