Companies will often employ union busters during ballot or campaigning periods. So we’d like to remind all our members offshore of their statutory trade union rights.
Through our mass-consultation with members, we’ve been alerted that some offshore companies are telling Unite members that trade unions are banned. This is categorically untrue. Unite are one of the recognised trade unions in the North Sea. We’ve also had reports of some managers asking workers if they are members of a trade union. You are under no compulsion to tell them the answer, although there is no law stating that they cannot ask.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our organisers will arrange to contact you.