Key Policy

Union representation is a legal right



Corresponding Charter Article

C4. Employment

Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment. Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work. Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for themselves and any dependents an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented if necessary by other means of social protection. Everyone has the right to form and to join a trade union for the protection of their interests. Where workers form or invite a union to represent their rights, the union will have fair representation at executive level witin an organisation.


EQ016 Bring workers and employers together to agree legal minimum standards on a wide range of issues, such as pay and working hours

EQ019 Give everyone full rights from day one on the job
EQ020 Strengthen protections for whistleblowers and rights against unfair dismissal for all workers
EQ021 End bogus self-employment and creating a single status of worker for everyone apart from those genuinely self-employed in business on their own account
EQ023 Ban zero-hour contracts
EQ025 Require breaks during shifts to be paid
EQ026 Require cancelled shifts to be paid and proper notice for changes to hours
EQ027 Give all workers the right to flexible working
EQ028 Extend statutory maternity pay from nine to 12 months
EQ029 Increase paternity leave from two weeks to four and increase statutory paternity pay
EQ030 Introduce statutory bereavement leave
EQ040 Allow trade unions to use secure electronic and workplace ballots
EQ041 Remove unnecessary restrictions on industrial action.
EQ042 Strengthen and enforce trade unions right of entry to workplaces
EQ043 Ban union-busting, strengthen protection of trade union representatives against unfair dismissal and union members from intimidation, harassment, threats and blacklisting
EQ044 Repeal anti-trade union legislation including the Trade Union Act 2016
EQ045 Simplify the law around union recognition
EQ046 Give union reps adequate time off for union duties
EQ003 Introduce a Real Living Wage for all workers aged 16 or over with yearly increases and Pay Awards to the public sector to match that made for Members of Parliament.

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