What is a Shop Steward?

Shop Steward are trusted and respected fellow workers, nominated and elected by you (union members), trained by the union, who will fight for better pay and working conditions and also represent you when needed.

They will represent you when you raise a grievance, if you are bullied, discriminated against, or disciplined by the management.

They possess legal powers to enforce health and safety regulations as stipulated by UK law.

To offer the best protection your Union Rep (Shop Steward) has to be involved from the start of any disciplinary action.

In Pork Farms Poole Bakery we have 3 stages of any disciplinary action:

1- Investigation stage:
a. Usually a manager will ask you to come in the office and tell him/her what happen. You have the right to be accompanied by your Union rep or a fellow work colleague.
b. Even if you are just a witness to a specific situation it is recommended that you take someone with you. You can find an updated contact list here or on the Union Board.


2- Disciplinary stage :


a. Depending on the gravity of the issue raised this may be a first warning or a dismissal.
b. After the Company has performed the investigation you will be invited to attend a formal Disciplinary meeting in HR office. At the meeting a manager will chair the meeting (ask you questions) and a colleague from HR department will be present as a Company Witness.
c. Because of the Data Protection Act from 1994, HR department is NOT permitted to contact the Union Rep to make him/her aware of the selected date of the meeting, therefore it is important to contact your Union Rep as soon as you receive the letter inviting you to the meeting.
3- The appeal Stage:


a. For an Absence related disciplinary you have ONLY 3 working days from the day you receive the letter, to put in an appeal letter.
b. For any other Disciplinary you have 5 working days.
c. Because of the Data Protection Act from 1994, HR department is NOT permitted to contact the Union Rep to make him/her aware of the selected date of the meeting, therefore it is important to contact your Union Rep as soon as you receive the letter inviting you to the meeting.
d. At the Appeal meeting a senior manager will chair the meeting (ask you questions) and the HR Manager will be present as a Company Witness.