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Your employer must not dismiss you because you:
In the Fair Work Act, these are called 'industrial activities'. Your employer may be able to dismiss you if you take part in union activities that are not lawful. If you are not sure about this, get
If you were dismissed from your job, you may be able to make a number of different claims against your employer. Before you make any claims or applications, you should get
legal advice to help you work out what is the right option for you.
If you were dismissed because you took part in union activities (or refused to take part in union activities), it is possible to make a general protections application to the Fair Work Commission (the Commission).
If you want to make a general protections dismissal application to the Commission, you must do so within 21 days of the date you were dismissed.
The Commission may accept late applications, but usually only in exceptional cases.
The Commission will hold a conference to try and settle the dispute. If this does not solve the problem, it is possible to apply to the Federal Circuit Court to ask for an order.
The Federal Circuit Court can order that:
Section 346 of the Fair Work Act is the section that protects you from being dismissed because of industrial activity. When filling out your general protections application form for the Commission, you will need to refer to this section of the Act.
This topic only deals with dismissals. However, it is possible to make a general protections application even if you have not been dismissed. You should get
legal advice if you have been dismissed or are having problems at work. You may have other options, such as:
For answers to commonly asked questions, see
What are general protections? - Frequently Asked Questions.