SECTION FOUR

DISCIPLINE & GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES

What is a disciplinary procedure?

This can occur when your employer is not satisfied with your work performance or you have been accused of causing trouble at work and this is raised with you formally.

 

What is a grievance?

A grievance is a complaint you make about somebody/something at work for example bullying, poor working conditions, harassment etc.

  1. Employees have the right to a copy of these procedures which is clear and understandable and they must always be adhered to!  All of these procedures are based on the concept of natural justice, which allows you fair procedures, details of any allegations or accusations made against you, the right to respond and to have a representative of your choosing present.
  1. Your right to representation exists no matter where you work or whether your employer recognises a trade union or not!!
  1. Your employer must take into account any representations made and any other circumstances which are relevant to the situation before making a decision.
  1. Disciplinary action should follow a pattern of verbal and written warnings, with possible suspension and dismissal as a final option.  Steps may be skipped in the event of serious misconduct.
  1. You have the right to appeal a decision to a higher level of management.
  1. If you have a grievance or are threatened with disciplinary action you should seek advice from the relevant trade union for your employment sector.