Every Australian worker has the right to join a union, and the right to not join a union.
A union is a body that represents the interests of workers in a particular industry or occupation.
Your right to join a union or to not join a union is protected under the General Protections provisions of the Fair Work Act.
It is illegal for a person to pressure another person about their choice – for example, an employer can’t pressure an employee to join a union, or to not join a union.
It is also illegal to take, or threaten to take, adverse action against a person for being a member of a union, or not being a member of a union, or for taking part or not taking part in industrial activity.
An adverse action against a person can include:
- sacking them
- changing their role to put them in a worse position
- changing their terms and conditions to put them in a worse position
How we can help
If you have been dismissed, or demoted, or otherwise punished because of union activity, you may be entitled to compensation or reinstatement.
Contact Discrimination Claims and our team of Australian workplace lawyers and industrial advocates can advise you of your options moving forward, and represent you in any claims that you wish to make.
IMPORTANT: You only have 21 days from the date of your dismissal to lodge a claim – so don’t delay!
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