The Rail union RMT has confirmed London Underground strike action will go ahead on Sunday , leaving millions of commuters in turmoil over travel plans.
After talks between London Underground Limited (LUL) and the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) failed to reach a conclusion yesterday (January 5), staff members will walk out from 6pm on Sunday for 24 hours.
Whilst taxis and buses might be an option for some, others might be in a more difficult position to get to their offices on Monday morning.
When and where is the strike taking place?
We spoke to Paula Chan, an employment lawyer at Slater and Gordon law firm about what rights you have over the walkout period and what you might be able to negotiate with your employers.
Am I entitled to a day off if I can't get into work?
The advice given is that employees should try their best to get to work. Consider the bus or overground, but if that's not possible, then an employee should notify their employer as soon as they recognise that.
Ms Chan explained: "It might be agreed that the employee doesn't need to go to work, or might be asked to work from home or another location.
"They may even arrange and pay for a taxi for you to get there - but the key point is letting them know as soon as you realise you can't get to work and agreeing together how it should be managed."
Should I be getting paid if I'm not working because of strikes?
"You should check your contract to see if you're entitled to pay in those circumstances," said Ms Chan.
"Generally, there wouldn't be a provision in a contract for days like this, so try and find out by checking your contract. Although there's not usually a right to pay for days not worked, there's nothing stopping you to ask your boss to exercise discretion to pay you if you were unable to get work for reasons outside of your control."
What if I said I could come in and on the day, can't get to work?
Sometimes it can be far more hectic on strike day than anticipated and Ms Chan's advice is to just be honest and stay in touch with employees.
The important thing is to make sure employers know your situation and you seek agreement on what steps to take next.
"Let them know as soon as you realise, even if it's on the day", Ms Chan told getwestlondon.
"Speak to them about what is plausible for you and what they would like you to do next and be prepared to negotiate."
Can you get fired for not being able to get to work on strike day?
"If someone is dismissed due being unable to get to work because of a strike, it's likely to be unfair," Ms Chan said.
According to Slater and Gordon, employees with at least two years continuous service could have a claim for unfair dismissal if this situation arose.
But she added that good employers will know that a one-off travel disruption should not trigger the process for formal disciplinary action.
It might be different if an employee has already had lots of one-day absences, prompting them to take action.
"If you are genuinely unable to get to work, you have notified your employer straight away and have shown you have tried to take steps to get to work and worked with them to do that, it would likely be very unfair to be disciplined or dismissed for this," Ms Chan added.
She also recommends people call their bosses rather than email to make arrangements arrangements as this avoids delay due to emails not being picked up right away, but that it is sensible to follow up with a paper trail of the conversation in email.
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