Redundancy occurs when an employer no longer requires that your job be done by anyone, or goes broke. It’s a stressful time, but as a United Workers’ Union member your union can support you.
Redundancies must be genuine. A redundancy is not genuine if:
- You weren’t consulted about the redundancy.
- You could have been redeployed.
- Your employer hires somebody else to do your job after making you redundant.
If your redundancy isn’t genuine, it is important to act quickly – we can only make an application to the Fair Work Commission within 21 days of the date you were made redundant.
If your redundancy was genuine, you may be entitled to redundancy pay and notice of termination, plus accrued leave entitlements.
Facing redundancy? Contact us and we can help you through the redundancy process.
What you will need
- A description of what happened and the events leading up to your redundancy.
- Copies of any documents sent to you by your employer, including emails, letters and text messages. You should also provide any notes you have from phone calls or meetings.
- Remember to act quickly, we can only apply to the Fair Work Commission within 21 days of the date you were made redundant.