You are protected by the Law of New Zealand since your intention to join a union and throughout your membership.
As an employee, you have the right to choose whether or not to become a union member. No-one (employers, managers, colleagues, union members or union officials) can threaten, or put (directly or indirectly) undue pressure on you:
- to be or not to be a union member, or
- to not act on behalf of other employees, or
- to leave your job because you are or aren’t a union member.
A contract, agreement or other arrangement can’t:
- require anyone to be or not to be a union member or a member of a particular union
- give a person, just because they are or aren’t a union member or a member of a particular union, any preference:
- for getting or keeping employment
- relating to terms or conditions of employment
- opportunities for training, promotion or transfer.
An employer can’t discriminate against an employee in their employment because they’re involved in union activities. Union activities include:
- being an officer, management committee member, delegate, representative or official of a union
- being a collective bargaining negotiator or representative
- participating in a lawful strike
- being involved in forming a union
- submitting a personal grievance
- being involved in making or supporting a claim for some benefit of an employment agreement
- applying for or taking employment relations education leave.