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What type of a meeting is it?
ok but is it a disciplinary?
Have they said what the possible outcome of the meeting is? Also how long have you worked there for?
Ok and finally what do you specifically want to know about this, please?
Whether you can take someone is dependent on the nature of the meeting. If you could potentially lose your job at the meeting then you have the legal right to take a union representative or a colleague with you. They should have told you in advance whether the meeting can result in termination but to be honest it is highly unlikely that they can dismiss you just like that, on the spot, for performance issues alone, especially as you have 20 years service. If they do decide to dismiss you, which they can do if they really wanted to, then you will likely have a potential case for unfair dismissal which you can challenge in the Employment Tribunal.
Does this answer your query?
It is unlikely they will just proceed with dismissal at this meeting – the likelihood is that if you refuse their offer to pay you off, they will just start a formal performance management process. Does this clarify things a bit more for you?
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