workSMART is a TUC site, helping today's working people get the best from work. Visit now for our free comprehensive, plain-English guides to all aspects of your employment rightsyour health at work, and pay and pensions, as well as a jargonbuster to explain technical terms and an interactive trade union finder

Know Your Rights leaflets

The TUC publishes a series of free leaflets explaining your rights at work and dealing with other common workplace problems. You download these online here, or read them online at workSMART.

Maybe it's time you joined a union

When a group of workers act and speak together, their employer has to listen. That’s how unions make things better at work.

So why not find out which union is the right one for you, get a group of mates together in your workplace, and join a union?

More than 6 million people are in a union – from nurses to checkout assistants to lorry drivers to airline pilots. Unions help workers get together, stop people being treated unfairly and get a better deal from their employers.

Helpful resources

You will also find documents which relate to rights at work all over this TUC site. Just find the subject you are interested in by selecting from the subject drop down menu, and then browse through the documents in this area. Of particular interest may be The Law at Work subject area. Also check out some of these other useful sites:

Pay and Work Rights Helpline 0800 917 2368
GOV.UK Employment
National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux
Health and Safety Executive
Equality & Human Rights Commission

Working Families runs a free helpline and can assist with queries on maternity and paternity rights; parental leave; flexible working; emergency leave; all rights and benefits for working parents and carers. The Freephone number is 0300 012 0312 or email our helpline team for advice at