What to do when the union comes knocking – a handy reference guide with all the basic information you need to know, at a glance!

Anna Ford

When can a union enter your workplace?

Union officials (who hold a current right of entry permit) can enter your workplace for three specific reasons:

The first reason: to investigate a suspected breach of the Fair Work Act or a fair work instrument 

While at your workplace, the union can… 

Later access to a record or document: 

The union:

Notice to be given: 

Hours during which the union can attend the workplace: 

Location of interviews and discussions: 

Route to location of interview and discussions: 

The second reason: to hold discussions with union members (or potential union members) 

Notice to be given: 

Hours during which the union can attend the workplace: 

Location of interviews and discussions: 

Route to location of interview and discussions: 

The third reason: to investigate breach of state or territory OHS rights 

Notice to be given:

Hours during which the union can attend the workplace:

Understanding your rights and obligations in any of the above mentioned situations is vital for avoiding penalties and unnecessarily provoking union hostility.

If you’re faced with one of the above mentioned situations, use the above guide as a starting point to manage the situation and then immediately seek advice from Coleman Greig’s Employment Law team in ParramattaNorwest and Penrith. We are available to guide you through the process in the particular situation in more detail, to ensure both you and the relevant union comply with the rules: