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Right Not to go to Work

Key Points

  • Courts are not allowed to order an employee to do any work or attend at any place to do any work (s.236 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 (“TULRCA”)).
  • Although no employee can be “forced” to work, if an employee exercises the right not to work, that employee will normally be in breach of contract and risk disciplinary proceedings and even dismissal.

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