Guide

Work effectively with trade unions

Introduction

Deciding how you wish to structure relations with your workers can help your business. If you recognise a trade union, either voluntarily or under statute, it will benefit your business if you enjoy a good working relationship with its representatives. You may also benefit from union expertise on issues such as health and safety, drawing up disciplinary procedures, training, etc.

This guide will help you understand the role of a trade union, the benefits of union recognition and how to work effectively with union representatives. It also covers the obligations which arise when an employer agrees with a trade union to collect union subscription payments through the payroll, an arrangement commonly known as 'check-off'.