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I have been a volunteer ten years at a club elderly on

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I have been a volunteer for almost ten years at a club for the elderly on Wednesdays and in their charity shop on Mondays and Saturdays. Last week I was I was not to attend on Wednesdays and was given no reason. I may continue at the shop. Do I have a right to know why I have been dismissed?

Hello, my name is***** am a qualified lawyer and it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today.

Have you ever been paid for the work that you do, i.e. to cover expenses?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I was paid a few years ago for running a couple of outings. I am also allowed £6 towards lunch when acting as a volunteer on outings.

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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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