Alex Hughes : My name is***** and I'm happy to help with your question today. I need to ask you some preliminary questions to be able to help you.
Alex Hughes : Have you Ben threatened with any sanctions for not clicking the link or voting?
Alex Hughes : Have you *been* threatened with any sanctions for not clicking the link or voting?
Customer: No it is entirely our choice.
Alex Hughes : OK. On what basis do you say this is coercion if there is no sanction or other pressure?
Customer: Perhaps too strong a work
Customer: But why should we have to allow her to send this sort of mail out to workers?
Alex Hughes : I cannot see anything unlawful on the basis of the information you have given. An employer may have many different reasons for sending such e-mails but it does not necessarily follow that the actions are unlawful. On the basis that there is not threat, pressure or sanction the e-mail does not amount to unlawful conduct by your employer. Apart from anything else: you have the option to delete the e-mail, no respond or, as you have rightly done, complain.
Customer: As a General Manager does she have the right to try to influence us? That is really my question.
Alex Hughes : So she's not your employer?
Customer: Yes she manages the firm I work for.
Alex Hughes : But is she your employer? Does she hire/fire and pay your wages?
Alex Hughes : If you feel strongly about the matter, despite it not being unlawful in my opinion, you could lodge a grievance. But in principle there doesn't seem to be anything wrong with what's happened here.
Customer: Ok. Thank you for putting me right.