The Independent Democratic Union is registered with the Certification Officer as a trade union in accordance with the provisions of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992.
The IDU came into being in 2005. The union was initially dedicated to AA employees; indeed, the IDU is the only trade union recognised by the AA. However, in 2007, the leaders of the union agreed to open the doors of membership beyond the AA – the union was re-named ‘Independent Democratic Union’ in recognition of this.
Today, we have members across the spectrum of employers, with numbers building particularly in Halfords, Saga, and the NHS and Care sectors.
What We Do
Protecting your job really is our business.
We represent and support people in the workplace - whatever the employer and irrespective of whether that employer recognises trade unions. We act on behalf of members in all employment matters. We talk directly to the employer on behalf of the member where necessary. When a member simply wants our advice, we will talk any employment matter through with them by telephone or in person at a venue convenient for them. So where direct intervention with the employer is not wanted or not appropriate for a particular issue or problem, we can simply act as a ‘sounding board’ for our member and help them to identify a solution.
These are just a few examples of the things we do:
- We support and represent members through the disciplinary process. We are rigorous in our preparation of cases. We have an impressive track record in mounting an effective challenge to potential disciplinary action. Where disciplinary sanctions are unavoidable, we ensure the sanction is fair and proportionate.
- We protect members’ jobs and wages by using our expertise in disciplinary processes as referred to above, or by ensuring fairness in reorganisation and grading exercises, for example.
- We support and represent members through grievance processes. We seek to secure a positive outcome for our members. At the same time, we ensure that working relationships are preserved throughout this sensitive process. We are also available to give guidance privately to members where a grievance is informal.
- We support members through appeals against disciplinary action, or against selection for redundancy.
- We negotiate with employers on behalf of our members where employment has come or is about to come to an end, whether that is by mutual agreement or because the member has been or is about to be dismissed or has been made or is about to be made redundant.
- We support members through the Employment Tribunals process where formal assessment of the merits of the case confirms it is strong enough against the employer. We do this with a view to securing reinstatement into their job and / or compensation.
It is impossible to list the entire range of issues we deal with - the above simply gives a flavour of the most common problems members bring to us.
IDU officials have significant experience of representing people in the range of jobs in a range of employment settings. We provide a first-rate service to members. We are committed to improving the working lives of members. If you find yourself in trouble at work, our reputation for rigorous preparation - and where necessary, robust representation - is second to none.
You will learn more about us as you browse our website. If you want to know even more or have a specific question, do not hesitate to contact us.