7 June 2021

Facilities management workers: know your rights – redundancy

This article is from Facilities Matters issue 3.

Being made redundant is a type of dismissal from your job. Employers typically make redundancies when they say they need to reduce or reorganise their workforce.

The employer must select who will be made redundant in a fair way. You cannot be selected because of age, gender, or if you’re disabled or pregnant. If you are, this could be classed as an unfair dismissal.

If you’re being made redundant, you might be eligible for certain things, including:

Redundancy pay: You are entitled to statutory redundancy pay if you have been working for your current employer for two years or more. 

Notice period: The notice period you’re entitled to depends on how long you've worked for your employer. If you’ve worked over a month but less than two years, it’s a week. Over that, statutory notice is 1 week for each complete year you’ve worked up to 12 weeks. 

Consultation: Your employer should consult you about the redundancy. If the employer recognises PCS, then they should consult with us throughout the process, starting with the selection criteria.

This enables us to as much as possible ensure the fairest outcome for you. Therefore it is important that you and as many of your colleagues as possible are in the union so that we can ensure recognition and fairness.

If you are made aware of potential redundancies where you are, or want more information, you should contact PCS.