Union activity cited for dismissal!

The Royal Society of Arts (RSA) has been ordered to pay nearly £7,000 to a former employee after it was found to have wrongly dismissed her for union activity.

The former employee was dismissed after it emerged they had spoken to a newspaper in the past year for an article about how half of the employees had joined the Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB).

The employee was openly critical of the employer’s viewpoint on unionisation, not least due to them refusing to recognise the union.  The employer issued a letter but claimed it did not intend to dismiss the individual.  However, the tribunal found the letter stated the employee was not required to attend work for the remainder of her notice period and would no longer have access to work systems and premises, she was in fact dismissed for an unfair reason.

This case evidences that employees can be protected by trade union laws even though the trade union members weren’t formally recognised by an employer.   121 HR Solutions are experienced in dealing with union representatives in formal processes and pleased to assist where required in managing such situations, contact enquiries@121hrsolutions.co.uk

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