“Dear Clarion UNISON member,
We are aware of the worrying correspondence Clarion have sent you regarding “Defined benefit pensions closure - next steps”.
It is disappointing to hear Clarion are attempting to move into a dismissal and re-engagem.ent process, but rest assured we are taking legal action on this.
Whilst we appreciate the unnecessary stress you are being subjected to, Clarion have agreed that all members will be entitled to trade union representation at these 121 meetings to be held via Microsoft Teams. You will not get representation from us should you not be a member as at the date of your meeting.
Please do not hesitate to contact us (within 48 hours receipt of your meeting invite) as members, should you require trade union representation from us or reasonable adjustments made to your meeting.
We are running a consultative ballot of members regarding the defined benefit pension closures, and the further industrial and legal action we are taking. Completion of this ballot can only be done visiting the link below via logging into your work Microsoft Office account. Please submit it by 5pm Monday 31 July 2023. Please contact us directly should you not be able to meet this deadline due to absence etc.
“Imposing a change
· they continue to work under the changed terms and conditions
· they do not inform you that they do not agree to the change
However, if an employee does not agree with an imposed change, they might decide to:
· temporarily work to the new terms and conditions, but make it clear they are challenging the change ('working under protest')
If an employee works under protest
· damages for breach of contract at a civil court
· 'unlawful deduction of wages' at an employment tribunal, if the change affects their pay
If you impose a change that makes an employee's terms and conditions significantly worse than before, they might be able to claim unfair dismissal while continuing to work under the changed terms. This is a very complex claim. You should get legal advice if you're in this situation.
If there's a trade union
· taking industrial action – for example a strike, refusing to take part in certain activities, or a 'work to rule' where employees do no more than what they're contractually required to do
· supporting individual employees to make claims to a court or employment tribunal
John Gray Joseph Ogundemuren
Clarion UNISON Convenor Clarion UNISON Deputy Convenor
Safety Rep & Pensions Champion Clarion Housing Association
UNISON NEC Member