You are entitled to paid time off for training and duties as a safety rep.
To become a rep, you need to:
- be nominated by two colleagues who are Unite members
- complete two week-long courses—and there are two further courses to advanced your knowledge.
As a rep you must:
- attend the branch committee and abide by its decisions
- engage with the branch to carry out the necessary work
- adhere to the Unite rule book.
Types of reps
Workplace reps are also known as shop stewards.
Health and safety rep
Health and safety reps protect workers. This can be
- inspecting workplaces for physical risks
- ensuring risk assessment are done properly
- suggesting safer worker practices.
Health and safety reps are specially trained and legally recognised, with certain rights, such as the right to
- have paid time away from work
- have access to workplaces and information for inspections
- be consulted with on decisions that impact health and safety.