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This page describes what support and advice we can offer if you run into a problem at work.

What can we help with?

As a union dedicated to supporting managers in the NHS, social care, and private health sector we can support you with a variety of issues at work, but typical problems we deal with include: 

  • The consequences of organisational change, including being made redundant or transferred to another employer
  • Disputes over your conditions of employment
  • Changes to your job description or grading
  • Being scapegoated when something goes wrong in your organisation
  • Bullying and harassment
  • Disciplinary action by employers or professional bodies 
  • Vexatious complaints against you
  • Dismissal or settlement agreements
  • Unfair denial of promotion or training and development opportunities
  • Discrimination on the grounds of sex, race, age, disability, sexual orientation or trade union activity
  • Ill-health or other personal problems affecting your work

MiP supports both managers who are subject to complaints, and those who feel they’ve been treated unfairly and wish to pursue a grievance against their employer. 

If you have a problem like any of the above, you can read our advice pages to find out what to do next. If you can, try and see if you can resolve your issue informally. If you need more support, then please email memberadvice@miphealth.org.uk with as many details as possible about the issue you want support with, and we will advise you what you should do next

How we support you

Depending on the nature of your case, your MiP rep or national officer may support you by:

  • Reviewing and analysing your case, and agreeing a plan of action with you 
  • Negotiating with your employer
  • Representing you at meetings, hearings and tribunals
  • Reviewing offers and proposals from your employer
  • Reviewing your employer’s policies and procedures to ensure they are fair and meet nationally-agreed standards
  • Liaising with local reps and link members where necessary
  • Putting you in touch with other specialist sources of advice and support
  • Taking advice from our solicitors and/or legal action where appropriate

Wherever possible, we will try to resolve your problem through informal discussions with your manager or employer, before using formal procedures or legal action. Experience suggests that in most cases informal channels achieve the best results for everyone involved. 

If your MiP rep or national officer is already representing a member or group of members on the opposite side of your case – e.g. someone who has made an accusation against you – your case will be dealt with independently by another MiP national officer. 

There are some limitations on the support MiP can offer to members who have joined very recently – please see below for details. 

Restrictions

In the interests of fairness to all members, we cannot provide full representation or legal advice for problems that began before you joined MiP or those arising within your first four weeks of membership. We would however offer give you some pointers in dealing with the issue (a one-off session of telephone advice).

In dealing with your case, MiP may take legal advice from our own solicitors, if necessary, and may take legal action on your behalf if it is likely to be both successful and beneficial to your case. But to protect the financial position of the union, we cannot fund the use of your own legal advisers.
           
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