When can union representatives act for their workers in disciplinary matters relating to health and safety?

Q: When do we have to allow workers access to union representation when disciplining them in relation to safety in the workplace?

A: Unions can act for their workers in disciplinary matters and in health and safety matters. If a worker wishes to have a union representative at a performance meeting held by their supervisor, the union representative can attend the meeting, but only in the capacity of a support person. They are not to be an advocate for the worker.

Please note: The answer is correct at the time of publishing. Be aware that laws may change over time. Refer to Unions for current advice.

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