Employee representatives

employee repWho is an employee representative?

An Employee representative is an employee who speaks officially for an employee or group of employees and represents them in employer forums such as managers meetings, disciplinary proceedings, redundancy situations and transfers of undertakings. Employee Representatives are divided into Union Representatives and Non-union Representatives. This book is about employee representatives in a non-unionized workplace.
The legal framework governing employee representatives is quite complicated. There are at least 15 different pieces of legislation which lay down different rights for employee representatives, as well as Codes of Practice produced by ACAS and the Health & Safety Executive.
Union representatives are appointed by an independent union in workplaces where that union is recognised for collective bargaining purposes. They can include specialist representatives for union learning, health and safety, equality and diversity, information and consultation, pensions and many more.

They have more rights in the workplace than non-union employee representatives. The publication Employee Representative Guide for Non-union workplaces will guide you in negotiating rights and facilities equivalent to the statutory rights given to union representatives. In a non-union workplace, employee representatives are the only means through which employees can have a say in workplace matters that affect them.
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