When can I be accompanied to meetings?
- First, that it is a Formal Meeting with your employer about a problem or concern you have at work. This could be on a disciplinary, grievance or other similar matter.
- Second, that the person who you want to accompany you is either a work colleague or a representative of a trade union.
Why should I be accompanied?
- A Hearing Manager and Notetaker – and possibly someone from HR – will be on the other side of the table. You will be outnumbered and could be at risk of being pressurised or intimidated.
- The Hearing Manager running the meeting will almost certainly be briefed by either HR, or a legal professional, on how to run proceedings in the best interests of your employer.
- There will be no-one there on your behalf; taking notes, acting as a witness and providing you with moral support.
Not a union member?
How would a union representative be able to help me?
Will I be able to join a trade union once I need help?
WRS’s ‘pay when you need it’ support …
- An initial free initial consultation. Here, we evaluate your representation needs, discuss how to prepare your case, your prospects of success and an estimated cost of WRS’s support.
- For grievance (or similar) cases, draft your initial complaint letter.
- Prepare a detailed Written Statement, setting out your case and version of events. This is essential to maximising your chances of success.
… and representation!
- Balance numbers at the hearing, act as a witness and provide you with moral support. You will no longer be at risk of being bullied, intimidated or misled.
- Present your Written Statement, in the most effective and persuasive way.
- Guide and support throughout the hearing – if necessary requiring adjournments to brief you.
- Object to unfair lines of questioning.
- Ensure proceedings meet ACAS requirements.
- Present a closing statement, summing up your key points and arguments