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06 September 2000

Workers gain new rights to support in disciplinary hearings
Since Monday 4 September, workers have gained the new legal right to be accompanied to disciplinary and grievance hearings. A new booklet published today by the Labour Research Department (LRD) explains how the new law will operate.

The new legal right will be a major boost to workers who currently have to defend themselves against disciplinary action or have to raise grievances without any support from trade unions or work colleagues. However, it should also give a boost to trade unions who, if called in to support an individual, will have the right to enter workplaces where employers have hitherto resisted any moves to unionisation.

Disciplinary and grievance procedures - an LRD guide examines how unions are set to take advantage of the new law by ensuring their officers and reps are properly trained. They are also taking advantage of retired and unemployed activists who are in a good position to respond to requests for help in unorganised workplaces.

This LRD guide also looks at the new code of practice on disciplinary and grievance procedures from the advisory and conciliation service ACAS. The guide uses the code and survey evidence from workplace unions to demonstrate best practice in drawing up disciplinary and grievance procedures.

Notes to editors

Disciplinary and grievance procedures - an LRD guide is published by the Labour Research Department, 78 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8HF, price ?3.40 or ?10 for employers/commercial organisations. LRD booklets are also available on subscription at an annual cost of ?26.95 (?68.95 for employers/ commercial organisations). LRD publishes 10-11 booklets each year.
The Labour Research Department is an independent trade union and labour movement organisation founded over 80 years ago. Around 2,000 trade union organisations, including 54 national unions, representing more than 99% of total TUC membership, are affiliated.
For press enquiries on this booklet contact Sonia McKay, LRD's employment law researcher, on 020 7902 9827. For general enquiries on LRD booklets contact the editor, Celia Dignan, on 020 7902 9813. To place a booklet order phone 020 7928 3649.

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