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What about joining an Union?

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An employee has the right to join a trade union, and should not be refused a job, dismissed, harassed or selected for redundancy because they are a member of or wish to join a trade union.

An employee also has the right not to join a trade union if they wish, and should not be refused a job, dismissed, harassed or selected for redundancy because they refused to join.

A member of a trade union has the right to take part in trade union activities, for example, recruiting members, collecting subscriptions and attending meetings. Any form of industrial action, for example, going on strike, is not considered a form of trade union activity. Trade union activities must take place either outside the employee’s normal working hours or at a time agreed with the employer. An employee has no right to be paid for this time off work unless their contract allows for this.

You can get further information and advice about trade unions from the Trades Union Congress (TUC). For information about which union to join, look on the union finder page of the TUC's website at    www.ctp@tuc.org.uk  or   www.worksmart.org.uk.

Trade Union Congress:
Transport House
102 High Street
Belfast BT1 2DL
Tel:  028 9023 2381