Government considering change to right to be accompanied

Posted on June 22nd, 2022

The Education Secretary is currently examining plans to increase the rights of teachers who choose not to join a union. Consideration is being given to teachers and other education staff being given the right to be accompanied to grievance and disciplinary hearings by an external lawyer or representative of a body other than a union. This would require an amendment to the Employment Relations Act 1999.

Currently, an employee can only be accompanied by a full-time trade union official, a lay trade union official certified by the union as having experience of, or having received training in, acting as a worker’s companion or another of the employer’s workers.

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