know your rights

Employment Law is clear:

You have the statutory right to:

  • to join a trade union

Your employer isn’t allowed to:

  • offer you a benefit to leave a trade union
  • threaten to treat you unfairly if you don’t leave a trade union
  • Refuse to employ you for trade union membership reasons

An employer or employment agency isn’t allowed to insist that you:

  • join or leave a trade union
  • leave one trade union for another

Your employer isn’t allowed to dismiss you or choose you for redundancy because you:

  • are or want to be a trade union member
  • took part or wanted to take part in trade union activities

Unite has a proud record of defending those who suffer victimisation for being union members. We always make it clear to all employers that Unite will not tolerate victimisation of our members and we will respond robustly to any further intimidations of Unite members.

If you witness or are the victim of discrimination for being a Unite member please get in touch with us by emailing and one of our organisers will arrange to contact you.



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