Your rights at work

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Union Series

A union is a group of workers coming together in an organisation which aims to protect working terms and conditions, advance the position of workers, promote solidarity, equality and a safe working environment.The aim is to create a national culture of rights in employment and your trade union representative can ...

Disciplinary procedures

Most people go through their working life without being in a disciplinary procedure.However if someone gets into trouble at work it is important that they understand these procedures. Disciplinary procedures will be contained in terms of employment or staff handbook .Disciplinary sanctions can include a warning, verbal or written, suspension ...

Workers Rights

Every worker has an entitlement to a specific set of rights as prescribed by the relevant employment legislation. However, these entitlements are only a minimum, and it is possible to contract or agree over and above those rights. Unionised workplaces provide terms and conditions of employment above the minimum legal ...

Working Time - Hours of work

Working for too long can damage health, upset sleep patterns and cause accidents. For this reason the law places limits on how long a person can work.

Working Time - Holidays

You are entitled to a minimum of 4 working weeks during the year, plus the 9 Public Holidays. Your entitlement to holidays begins on the day you start work for your employer and it is usually worked out on a monthly basis.In some instances you may be entitled to more ...

Employment Status - Contract

When you work for an employer for a regular wage you automatically have a contract of employment. It can either be written or oral, expressly stating your terms and conditions, or implying them. The employment relationship is essentially one based on contract. Therefore, as in any contract the usual rules ...

Employment Status - Employees & Self-employed

It is vital that the distinction is made between an employee and an independent contractor because different rights and obligations apply to each. The employer is generally liable for the wrongful acts of an employee that occur during the course of employment while this is not so in the case of ...

Pay & Wages

Your hourly wage rate depends on factors such as the industry or sector you are in, your occupation and contract of employment.Pay rates, changes in pay and increases in pay are generally negotiated between your union and your employer. Pay is one of the most important areas that unions deal ...

Termination - Unfair

The best protection from unfair treatment in the workplace is to become a union member as unionised employments tend to have better, fairer conditions and operate under agreed workplace procedures.

Termination - Redundancy

It is important to note that statutory redundancy is the minimum payments to which you may be entitled in a redundancy situation. In many unionised employments, trade unions have successfully negotiated better redundancy settlements for their members. Click here for more information. (Optional link).Where there is the possibility of a ...

Pensions

A pension is a long-term savings plan into which you can input a regular amount or lump sum amounts to build up a fund for your retirement.

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