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Are you a member of the union?
does your contract state that collective agreements can apply?
briefly, what are the changes?
How long have you worked there for?
The issue with such cases is if the union and the employer have agreed on a collective bargaining arrangement then the workers may not be able to stop a change to their contract by objecting to it. Bargaining rights mean that the union has the right to negotiate with the employer on your behalf about the terms and conditions in your contract, regardless of whether you are a member of the union or not. In effect any changes negotiated by the union would be binding on the workforce even if the affected employees are not union members.
It is not necessary for the union to hold consultation with the affected employees as the negotiations will largely be conducted between them and the employer.
To challenge such collective agreements is a very complex and technical matter, you alone may not have the legal knowledge to mount an argument yourself and would in all likelihood require a legally trained professional to act on your behalf.
You can see a detailed briefing note on the operation of collective agreements and how they are made enforceable here:
That should give you an idea of what the law requires but also it will point out how technical this area of law is.
In terms of challenging the changes then it is more or less as stated – you either raise a grievance or if that does not work then you can only really consider resigning and making a claim for constructive dismissal in the employment tribunal. The law does not allow you to just make a claim whilst remaining in employment so you must consider the grievance or the constructive dismissal route.
collective agreements will almost never satisfy everyone - that is practically almost impossible when you are negotiating on behalf of the whole workforce - there will always be a section of workers that will not be happy. But just because you pay membership t the union does not mean that they will have to consider your individual need and circumstances when doing collective bargaining - as mentioned even non-members will be bound by this so this is not what you pay subs for, it is the other union-related services that would mainly be covered. lso it does not change the ways in which you are able to challenge this which remain as stated in my earlier response
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