Members called to a meeting with management often contact us wanting to know what to do, and knowing your rights can make a big difference, so here are some things you should know.
All employees’ rights when asked to attend a meeting with management:
- You have the right to ask what the meeting is about.
- Before you go into the meeting you have the right to know what will be discussed.
- You have the right to have another person with you. Depending on the circumstances this could be your union delegate, worksite committee member, colleague or HACSU organiser.
- You have the right to change a meeting time or date, so someone is available to go with you.
- You have the right to make notes and ask questions during the meeting.
- If there’s a written complaint concerning you, you generally have the right to receive its details before the meeting and must be given reasonable time to read and understand the complaint before you submit a response.
- If you’re asked to sign a document, you have the right to a copy of that document.
Remind your workmates they need to be part of the union to have their voices heard alongside yours. It’s easy to join, just visit hacsu.org.au or call 1300 880 032. If you need advice or support or want more info, simply phone or email us.