Everyone working in the UK has a right to join (or not join) a trade union. Your employer cannot treat you unfavourably because of your trade union membership or activities or because you used or wanted to use union services provided for members.
Trade unions seek to protect the interests of their members in the workplace by:
Where your union is recognised, it must be consulted by the employer over major changes to the workplace such as redundancies affecting more than 20 employees and outsourcing.
It is unlawful for an employer to refuse to offer you employment because you are (or are not) a member of a trade union.
It is also unlawful for an employer to advertise a job stating that it is requirement that applicants (or are not) a member of a trade union.
It is also unlawful for an employment agency to refuse to provide you with job finding services or other services because you are (or are not) a trade union member.
If you are a worker or an employee it is unlawful for your employer to treat you unfavourably because of your trade union membership or your union activities (or because are not a trade union member). Treating you unfavourably includes:
It is also unlawful for your employer to do any of the above because you used or wanted to use union services provided for members.
You will only be protected from being treated unfavourably for your trade union activities carried:
The same limits apply to protections for using union services.
If you think you are being treated unfavourably because of your union membership or activities you should speak to your union rep.
They will advise you if you may be able to make a claim to an Employment Tribunal.
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