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Have you ever been paid for the work that you do, i.e. to cover expenses?
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Many thanks for your patience. In terms of the right to be given reasons for dismissal and also to be entitled to protection against unfair dismissal, only employees enjoy such privileges. In effect you need to have been working under a contract of service, an employment contract, and as an employee to be able to enjoy these privileges. As a volunteer you neither have the right to be given reasons for dismissal, nor can you actually challenge the termination. This then becomes a moral argument rather than a legal one – morally one may expect to be told of the reasons for termination, but legally there is no legal obligation to do so and as such the organisation can exercise their discretion not to issue these. It is entirely down to them.
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