Under the Employment Relations Act 1999, workers in the UK have the right to be accompanied by a trade union officer or other appropriate person in company disciplinary and grievance procedures. The right is restricted to serious cases, where there is a prospect of dismissal or an accusation of unlawful action by the employer. Despite these limitations, the provision of the right to representation has been widely regarded as presenting an organizing opportunity to trade unions because it confers a legal entitlement to enter non-union companies. [See recognition.]
Subjects: Human Resource Management.