Who can be chosen as a companion at a disciplinary or grievance hearing?
The companion must be chosen by the worker and can be a trade union official employed by the union; a trade union official who is certified in writing by the union as having the necessary experience or training to act as a companion; or another of the employer's workers. There is no necessity for a trade union official's union to be recognised in the workplace. There is no obligation on workers or union officials to accept a request to act as a companion, so no pressure should be applied on them to do so.
In rare cases, workers may have additional contractual rights to be accompanied by other categories of companion, such as a friend or legal representative.