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Right to be Accompanied

Key Points

  • Workers have a right to be accompanied to disciplinary and grievance meetings.
  • Their choice of companion can be a colleague or a trade union official.
  • The companion can contribute to the meeting, but not answer questions on behalf of the worker.
  • The worker is protected from treatment to their detriment for asserting this right.
  • Dismissal for asserting this right will be automatically unfair.
  • There is no statutory right to be accompanied to a redundancy meeting – but it is considered best practice. 

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