Unfair dismissals and employment tribunals

25 – 27 September 2018

UNISON Centre, 130 Euston Road, London, NW1 2AY

Closing date: 12 August

This course will help reps to use the law to underpin negotiations with employers on dismissal issues in internal disciplinary hearings, and to develop analytical skills useful in all areas of their work. While activists are not expected to represent at tribunal cases, understanding the importance of time limits and evidence gathering at an early stage will ensure sound groundwork should a case eventually go to tribunal.

This course covers the law of unfair dismissal: who can claim unfair dismissal and what makes a dismissal unfair, especially in the context of misconduct. It follows a misconduct dismissal through every stage of preparation for a tribunal case, finishing with a mock video of the tribunal hearing.

This course does not cover unfair dismissal in the context of redundancy, contract variation or TUPE as that is the subject of the Contract, Redundancy and TUPE course.

Reps should be ERA accredited and should have attended a basic employment law course in the region before applying for this advanced courses.

To apply, complete the application form and return it to LearningAndOrganising@unison.co.uk


UNISON Learning and Organising, 130 Euston Road, London, NW1 2AY

Click here to download the application form


Branches will be charged the following course fees:


Accommodation, travel and care costs and a £5 per day out-of-pocket allowance will be paid from national level.


Travel and care costs and a £5 per day out-of-pocket allowance will be paid from national level.

Allocation of course places

To ensure the effective application of UNISON principles of Proportionality and Fair Representation places are allocated on national courses immediately after the closing date instead of on a first come first served basis. If courses are oversubscribed, selections are made on the basis of achieving Fair Representation and Proportionality, as set out in UNISON Rules, and to ensure a fair spread of participants from regions and sectors where appropriate.

In-depth employment law courses supplement the range of training offered at regional level. They are aimed at experienced activists and this is also taken into account when offering places on these courses.

Facilitation and dependant care

It is UNISON policy that no member should be deterred from applying for a course because of facilitation needs, necessary childcare or other care commitments.

Cancellation policy

Where places on courses are cancelled without good cause charges will be levied as follows: Where places are cancelled within two weeks of the start of the course the cost will be 50% of the course cost. Where places are cancelled within one week of the start of the course the cancellation will be 100%.

Our commitment to equalities

As part of UNISON’s equal opportunities policy in education there is a questionnaire at the back of the application form. This information will be strictly confidential and used only to monitor UNISON’s ability to deliver educational opportunities fairly to all sections of its membership.

Overnight accommodation

You can read UNISON’s policy on overnight accommodation here.