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Worker rights and union rights

The actions of government impact significantly on workers’ rights at work, including union rights. Employment legislation governs such important matters as collective bargaining, the right of union officials to enter the workplace, workers’ rights to take personal grievances, and health and safety at work. These important rights have been built up over decades of work by the PSA and other unions and we must remain active politically in order to defend what has been achieved and seek improvements. The Department of Labour website contains information on the legislation that affects workers when they are at work, e.g. the Employment Relations Act, the Holidays Act, the Minimum Wage Act, the Wages Protection Act, the Health and Safety in Employment Act.