Acceptance of the transaction contract would mean that you cannot apply for compensation in an employment tribunal. You should check to see if the amount offered by your employer is reasonable. If not, there may be negotiations. The case was referred to the labour tribunal. The labour tribunal challenged the CCMA and ruled that the CCMA was required to ascertain whether the applicant had in fact waived his rights in the agreement. The CCMA should have inquired about the circumstances that lead to reductions. The Commissioner did not do that. His error is all the more monstrous because the applicant argued that he had simply signed the agreement to obtain the insemination of what was his rightfully. The Tribunal also found that the mere signing of the agreement is not intended for its legality. A waiver can only be made with full knowledge of the facts. The Labour Tribunal overturned an earlier decision of the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) which found that it did not have the authority to consider Wasim Haskiya`s application to dismiss keelings Retail Unlimited Company without prejudice because it had signed a transaction agreement. The Tribunal found that Keelings had made no effort to determine whether Haskiya had received professional advice prior to the signing of the agreement and that none of the witnesses had been able to confirm that the documents made available to him when he was informed of his dismissal included the compensation agreement.
However, if the transaction contract is concluded after the redundancy advice, the number offered is usually only slightly more than the legal minimum amount of severance pay. In these cases, if it is often worth negotiating, as your employer has shown his hand in wanting to have the protection of a transaction contract, it must be worth more than a small amount more than the legal minimum. The Irish Labour Tribunal has ruled that a settlement agreement between a worker and his employer is null and void because, prior to the signing, the worker was not given the opportunity to obtain independent legal advice. As soon as an employer considers reductions, it must initiate a consultation on how to avoid reductions, minimize the number of reductions, change the date of reductions, mitigate the difficulties faced by workers who retire, choose the employees to be paid and compensate workers. Consultation should begin with the publication by the employer of a written notification inviting the other party to view and disclose relevant information to allow the other advisory party to participate in the consultation process. Facilitation is an additional process available to parties on the request of a large-scale reduction. Facilitation takes place in parallel with the normal consultation process and is essentially a consultation with the assistance of a commissioner appointed by the CCMA. The Ombudsman`s mission is to assist the parties in their discussions and attempts to reach agreement on the proposed reduction on as many issues as possible.
If you feel like you`re fired anyway, it may be a good option to accept the transaction contract. You will receive more money and maybe you can also negotiate a good referral. Your employer will probably also pay your legal fees.