Understanding Redundancy: A Quick Guide


In today’s ever-evolving job market, understanding the intricacies of redundancy is crucial for every worker. This guide aims to demystify redundancy, elucidating what it entails, your entitlements, and the avenues available for support and advice.

What is Redundancy?

Redundancy occurs when an employer needs to reduce their workforce, which is distinct from termination of employment due to misconduct or performance issues. Recognizing the difference is essential for understanding your rights and the next steps.

Your Rights in Redundancy

Workers selected for redundancy are safeguarded by specific rights, which may include eligibility for redundancy pay, alternative employment opportunities within the company, and a notice period regarding the redundancy.

A Short Guide to Redundancy

Eligibility for Redundancy Pay

Entitlement to redundancy pay is subject to certain conditions, including the duration of employment. Importantly, redundancy payment calculations are based on your age, years of service, and weekly earnings, with caps applied according to statutory limits.

Notice Period

The length of notice you are entitled to receive before your redundancy takes effect varies with your service length, ranging from one week for those who have been employed between one month and two years, to up to 12 weeks’ notice for those with 12 years or more of service.

Selection Criteria

Employers must adhere to fair criteria when selecting individuals for redundancy, such as skills, length of service, and performance. Discriminatory practices based on union membership, age, gender, or other protected characteristics are prohibited.

Eligibility for Redundancy Pay

Navigating Through Redundancy

Understanding your rights and the employer’s obligations is the first step in navigating the redundancy process. If you’re facing redundancy, joining The Workers Union provides a robust layer of support, offering legal advice and assistance tailored to your situation.

How The Workers Union Can Help

The Workers Union stands ready to support workers navigating the challenges of redundancy. By offering expert advice on legal rights, negotiating settlement figures, and exploring alternative employment opportunities, we empower our members to make informed decisions during these critical times.


Redundancy is a complex process, but knowing your rights and the support available can make a significant difference in how you navigate this challenging period. The Workers Union is committed to providing our members with the guidance and support needed to secure their rights and future employment prospects.

“In the face of redundancy, being informed, prepared, and supported is your strongest defence. Join us today to ensure you’re not navigating this journey alone.”

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