The IDU offers a range of products to meet your needs. We offer representative for individuals, couples (or up to 2 people) and for families (or up to 4 people). The cost of membership is outlined below.
£12.50 per month for individuals
£20.00 per month for joint membership covering two people
£32.00 per month for families covering up to four people
In a nutshell, top-quality, robust representation and advice when you need it most; and until then, access to IDU Benefits for discounted products and services, and IDU Legal – for all life’s legal problems.
This is often a point of confusion. The fact of the matter is that you have the right to be accompanied and represented by a trade union officer to any formal meeting with your employer in disciplinary and grievance matters and also at any 1:1 formal meetings about potential redundancy. This right applies to all employees, regardless of whether their employer recognises any trade unions. If your employer recognises another union but not the IDU, you still have the same rights to be represented by the IDU in all formal 1:1 meetings.
No. You are not required to tell your employer that you are a trade union member. You can pay your fees via direct debit, so there’s no need for the payroll department to know about your membership either. Obviously, if there comes a time when you need representation from the IDU and / or you need us to deal with your employer on your behalf, the fact of your membership will be known at that point. There may, however, be times when you do not need us to accompany you or act on your behalf, but you just need our advice privately in order to deal with a matter with your employer by yourself. We can help you at times like this.
In the UK, it is unlawful for any employer to discriminate against an employee on the grounds of trade union membership.
Even professionals can experience trouble at work. Protecting our livelihood is important to all of us, and things like mortgages, financial commitments and family responsibilities are the same regardless of our professional standing. Arguably professionals that have worked to achieve qualifications and registrations with professional bodies have more at risk than those that don’t. A lifetime of working towards a career can be destroyed upon the outcome of a disciplinary hearing. Getting good representation from the offset could be the difference between a long career in your field, or having that career destroyed.
It is important to understand that if you find yourself facing a disciplinary or grievance hearing or a 1:1 meeting about potential redundancy, if you are not a member of a trade union, you will only be allowed to be accompanied by a colleague. Even if you have the kind of money to hire a lawyer, or you have a friend or a family member who is a lawyer and willing to help you free of charge, this will not help you because your employer does not have to allow you to bring a lawyer to any of its internal proceedings, whether that is a disciplinary hearing, a grievance hearing, an appeal, or a 1:1 meeting about redundancy. There is only a very small minority of cases where you will be allowed a lawyer in internal proceedings. If you are not a trade union member, you’re effectively on your own.
Legislation on its own will not protect you. Sadly, many employers will contravene UK law if they think they can get away with it. You need the IDU to ensure your employer acts in accordance with the law – and to ensure you are not unfairly or wrongfully dismissed, or unfairly selected for redundancy. We do more than help you keep your job. We know that preserving a positive relationship with your employer is very important for you – we can also help you to resolve matters constructively with your employer during times of conflict at work.
Nobody knows what’s around the corner. Many people facing trouble at work or potential job loss have not done anything wrong. Sometimes, people are wrongly accused of serious misconduct. Sometimes people make a serious mistake under pressure and find themselves under investigation. Sometimes your employer has to cut costs and your post is looked at for redundancy. At times like this, you need high-quality advice, representation and support. We provide this.
People in managerial positions, particularly senior managers, are often vulnerable to the whims of new owners or Board members. Bluntly, the higher your managerial position, the more likely it is that someday you will be part of a top-level clear out. At the IDU, our officials are highly experienced in representing managers and top people. We are confident and credible when dealing with top executives. If the time ever comes, we can negotiate on your behalf if you are leaving your employer, whatever the circumstances. If necessary, we can mount a challenge on any decisions about your employment, if this is in your best interests. We are also there to give you day to day advice if you need it.
We have a partnership with Access Legal Solicitors who provide a range of legal services for IDU Legal. There is a helpline for IDU members. If you are a member and need to access this service, contact the IDU Legal.
Our head office will make an assessment of your situation and allocate you to the most appropriate casework officer. Members that have previously had a case with us, should do the same as your case may not be allocated to the same officer.