This disciplinary procedure is a general guide to how discipline should be handled in the workplace. All employers, irrespective of their size or resources, should have in place a procedure that sets out how discipline will be handled.
Disciplinary procedures such as this are typically non-contractual in effect. This is usually best practice, and will enable you to deviate from the strict terms set out within it if necessary. Whilst this is not ordinarily advisable, you do have the freedom to do so.
This procedure is not designed to deal with issues of capability, or non-wilful under performance. In situations such as these, you should consider using a capability policy.