Employment Rights Advice

Acas (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) aims to improve organisations and working life through better employment relations. We provide up-to-date information, independent advice, high quality training and we work with employers and employees to solve problems and improve performance. We are publicly funded ensuring our independence, impartiality and confidentiality.

Acas has approximately 750 staff based in 11 main regional centres throughout England, Scotland and Wales, with our head office in London.

Equality Services:
The Equality and Diversity Advisory service is just one of the facilities offered by Acas. Our overall aim is to eliminate or reduce all types of discrimination in the workplace and to encourage diversity in the employment market.

We are concerned with implementing all discrimination legislation and encourage other areas of good practice.

Aim for Migrant Workers:
To raise awareness amongst migrant workers and employers about their rights and responsibilities in relation to employment legislation and best practice.

Key activities:
A special focus for our 2006/2007 Fair Employment Zone (FEZ) initiative concerns the issues facing migrant workers in employment.

We are currently developing a training programme for employers, in conjunction with the Home Office Immigration Services, to demystify concerns about employing migrant workers.

The focus of next Acas-led North West Employment Relations Forum, which brings together key strategic decision makers within the region, will be Migrant Workers.

Equality Adviser: Jill Coyne - 0161 833 8555
FEZ Project Manager: Sue McAlpine - 0161 833 8545
National Helpline: 08457 474747 (0800-1800 Mon-Fri)
Citizens Advice Bureau
CAB website has a useful advice sheet entitled 'Dealing with grievances, dismissal and disciplinary action at work' in Polish, Lithuanian, and Portuguese

For more information visit www.adviceguide.org.uk

Department for Trade and Industry (DTI)
Produces 'Working in the UK. Advice for Polish Workers' For more information visit www.dti.gov.uk

Gangmasters Licensing Authority - Workers' Rights
The GLA was set up to safeguard the welfare of workers in the fresh produce supply chain. The scheme regulates labour providers in the agriculture, horticulture, dairy farming, shellfish gathering and associated processing and packaging sectors.

The GLA is running a campaign to ensure workers are aware of their employmnet rights and the conditions they should expect from their labour providers.

Worker Rights' leaflets are available in English, Portuguese, Polish, Slovak, Latvian and Lithuanian. Additional publications can be found on www.gla.gov.uk

Ring 0845 602 5020 if you have any enquiries about GLA or to report any concerns about labour providers. Callers can leave information anonymously at any time.

Greater Manchester Pay and Employment Rights Advice Service
Greater Manchester Pay and Employment Rights Advice Service is what was formerly known as Greater Manchester Low Pay Unit. The organisation has been providing employment rights advice and undertaking research into aspects of the labour market and low pay for the last 20 years.

Greater Manchester Pay and Employment Rights Advice Service exists to improve working conditions for the most vulnerable members of the workforce by providing employment rights advice, representing the interests of low-paid workers in debate on social and economic policies, and promoting greater public awareness of poverty and injustice.

More specifically related to migrant workers, Greater Manchester Pay and Employment Rights Advice Service advise all workers of their employment rights and as of September 2006 will have a new website which will contain translated advice fact sheets in a number of different languages as well as links to other sites where there are sections in the same language. The organisation is also in the process of setting up a virtual working group for advisers to exchange information and collate research documents relating to migrant workers

The work of the organisation extends to the provision of free, confidential employment advice, information and support to anyone in Greater Manchester who is experiencing problems at work or who wants to know what their rights are. To contact an Employment Rights Adviser ring 0161 839 3888

'Jobwatch' is a unique survey of job vacancies in Greater Manchester jobcentres which Greater Manchester Employment Rights produces each year. The survey details rates of pay and makes comparisons of labour market trends since 1989. It is an invaluable resource for agencies and individuals with an interest in economic development and the changing patterns of employment in Greater Manchester. If you would like to receive a copy of Jobwatch 2005 ring the office on 0161 839 3882 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

BottomLine is a publication Greater Manchester Employment Rights produces every three months which highlights and examines current employment, pay and labour market policy issues. If you want to order a copy please contact the office on 0161 839 3882

Greater Manchester Pay and Employment Rights Advice Service is based at 4th Floor, Swan Buildings, 20 Swan St, Manchester M4 5JW


Institute of Employment Rights
Institute of employment rights have produced 'Labour Migration and Employment Rights' 2005
For more information visit www.ier.org.uk

Law Centres providing employment advice
North Manchester Law Centre

Unit A, Harperhey District Centre, Harperhey, Manchester M9
0161 205 5040

South Manchester Law Centre
0161 225 5111

Wythenshawe Law Centre
0161 498 0905/0906

Trafford Law Centre
0161 872 3669

Bury Law Centre
0161 272 0666

Stockport Law Centre
0161 476 9892

Oldham Law Centre
0161 627 0925

Rochdale Law Centre
01706 65 77 66

Merseyside Employment Law
Can provide employment law advice 0151 709 4125

See link for further details merseyemplaw

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