Your rights at work come from two main places. First, you have statutory rights, which are rights guaranteed by law. Then you have contractual rights, which are contained in your contract of employment. Your contract of employment can’t take away any of your statutory rights.
Your rights can be broken into two main groups: individual rights, such as protection against discrimination, and group rights, such as union recognition.
If you think your rights are being breached, there are lots of ways you can take action.
But employers are most likely to pay attention when workers act together. Unions exist to help workers get together, to stop unfair treatment and to make the world of work better for everyone.
This section offers basic information on your rights and on how to enforce them.
But it shouldn’t be taken as legal or financial advice. The law is complex and every case is different. Before taking any action, you should seek individual advice from your union or a qualified adviser.
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