Affinity represents people in sectors ranging including banking and finance, accountancy, retail, manufacturing, education, the law, hospitality and travel and tourism.

Our members include teachers, bank staff, IT consultants, financial advisers, academics, local government staff, lawyers and civil servants: the list is endless.

But wherever they work and whatever they do many of the problems they face tend to be very similar.

Issues we deal with regularly include:

  • Disciplinary action and unfair dismissal
  • Grievances
  • Pre-employment scrutiny of contracts
  • Work Location changes
  • Appraisal and balanced scorecard
  • Working time/changes in working hours disputes
  • Contract disputes
  • Flexible working requests
  • Redundancy and job security
  • Performance improvement
  • Sickness absence

The Advice Service provided by Affinity is completely confidential, and is available to members 24/7, 365 days a year. With Affinity you will always have someone on your side when you need it most.

24 Hour Advice

Affinity appreciates that many people are unable to make calls during working hours, and need access to advice and support 24 hours a day.

Other unions offer help in working hours only. At Affinity, a dedicated 24 Hour Advice Line is there to help you 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Call the Affinity Advice Team on 01234 716005.


You have a statutory legal right to be accompanied by a union representative of your choice at all formal meetings with your employer, including grievance and disciplinary hearings. Affinity’s advisers are able to represent you at these meetings, so you have professional advice on hand and are supported every inch of the way. If appropriate, Affinity will prepare your case for the Employment Tribunal and our lawyers will represent you.

When faced with a disciplinary charge or an important grievance everyone needs an advocate. People who think they can represent themselves in an area as complex as employment law really are asking for trouble when most employers employ HR professionals backed up by a legal team. And the idea of getting advice from a lawyer, who won’t be allowed to represent you anyway, at about £300 to £400 per hour, is a bit fanciful.

Last year across the Union we supported over 2,600 members in cases of all different types and everyone was represented by an Affinity Official.

If your job’s on the line you need to know you’re going to be represented by professionals. It would be an unequal fight without someone on your side with the expertise to look after you and, just as important, the independence and willingness to fight your corner.

To contact the Advice Team about representation phone 01234 716005 or email

Injuries At Work

Regrettably, injuries in the workplace occur regularly, even in office environments.

According to the Health and Safety Executive, in 2020/21 142 workers died, with a fatal injury rate of 0.44 deaths per 100,000 and an estimated 441,000 workers sustained non-fatal injuries at work.

Of those injuries: 339,000 led to up to 7 days absence from work; and 102,000 led to over 7 days absence.

So, the problem’s obvious and if you’re unfortunate to join these statistics you’ll need professional advice to safeguard your rights and gain compensation.

Members involved in accidents should contact Affinity as soon as possible after the accident to seek advice. We will be able to advise you on whether legal action is justified.

If necessary Affinity will issue legal proceedings on your behalf, not only to win compensation for the injuries sustained but also to ensure that action is taken to prevent the same or similar accidents occurring again.

For help phone 01234 716005 or email

Welfare Counselling

You could be forgiven for thinking that we’ll be interested only in problems at work.

But we know that external issues are often inextricably linked to problems at work so we provide an important welfare and support role for members who face illness, social, financial or domestic difficulties or stress.

If you have a problem with which you need help our Advice Team has extensive experience counselling members on a one-to-one basis regardless of whether their issues are work-related or not.

Naturally our welfare and support services are provided with the upmost confidentiality

If you need help with non-work issues please call the Union’s 24 hour Advice Line on 01234 716005. We would like to hear from you.

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