Communtity Law Manual | Employment: Resolving problems | Standing up for workers’ rights: Union rights and health and safety

Standing up for workers’ rights: Union rights and health and safety

Your rights as a union member or activist: Pressure from anti-union employers

Taking a personal grievance in response to anti-union pressure

Employment Relations Act 2000, s 110

You may have a personal grievance if your employer or a manager or supervisor:

  • says you can’t belong to a union if you want to keep your job, or
  • uses “undue influence”, offers of incentives, or threats of disadvantages to make you leave a union or stop you acting on behalf of other employees.

    Note: “Undue influence” has been held by the courts to mean something similar to coercion or threats.

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