What’s the difference between a recognised and non-recognised workplace?

A trade union can support you in a number of different ways. You can get support whether you’re in a recognised or non-recognised workplace.

Recognition in a workplace means that your employer recognises the role of the union in decisions that effect their employees and will consult with them.

In a non-recognised workplace, your union does not yet have that access, but can still assist you in many important ways.

What your union can do when you have recognition

Where you have union recognition major decisions about your workplace have to be talked through with members before they can take place. You can negotiate collective agreements on pay and conditions, discuss issues such as large scale redundancy and bring up your concerns with your employer. As union members, you have a place at the table with your employer and can get your voice heard. More members equals more success in negotiations, which is why maintaining high member density in your workplace is so important. You also have the same support as a non-recognised workplace as set out below.

What your union can do when you don’t have recognition

In workplaces where you don’t have recognition you can still get strong individual support. A representative can accompany you in disciplinary and grievance meetings. Your union will provide employment, legal and financial advice, provide education facilities and deals and discounts, look after health and safety at work, represent you as an individual if you have a problem and campaign on issues that affect you and your colleagues.