57. Freedom of association

57.1. The University recognises a staff member’s right to be or not to be a member of and to be represented by a union, and participate in union or staff representative activities.

57.2. Where reference is made to the right of any staff member to choose to be represented or accompanied in any discussion or other matter under this Agreement, this will not include an engaged practising barrister or solicitor (i.e. employed in a legal practice or service unrelated to the parties to this Agreement) except in relation to actual proceedings initiated in a Court.

57.3. The University recognises the important contribution that union and staff representatives make to employment relations within the University. Training and support will be provided to those staff who fulfil this role, and they will be given adequate paid time away from their normal role/s to act as a union or staff representative.

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