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Trade Union Facility Time

The Trade Union (Facility Time Publication Requirements) Regulations 2017 came into force on the 1st April 2017. These regulations place a legislative requirement on relevant public sector employers to collate and publish, on an annual basis, a range of data on the amount and cost of facility time within their organisation.

During the passage of the Trade Union Act, the Government committed to develop guidance to help employers meet this new legislative requirements and, to ensure a high level of transparency and consistency across organisations.

Trade Unions play an important role in the modern workplace. There are significant benefits to both employers and employees when organisations and unions work together effectively, but facility time within the public sector must be accountable and represent value for money. The regulations provide a framework for open and transparent monitoring.

The facility time data L&D published under the new regulations is shown below:

Relevant Union Officials

How many employees are in your organisation? This includes full-time and part-time employees.

☐         0 to 49

☐         50 to 1,500

☒         1,501 to 5,000

☐         5,001 to 9,999

☐         10,000 and above

Percentage of time spent on facility time

How many of your employees who were relevant union officials employed during the relevant period spent a) 0%, b) 1%-50%, c) 51%-99% or d) 100% of their working hours on facility time?

Percentage of time Number of Employees
0% 26
1-50% 18
51-99% 0
100% 0

Percentage of pay bill spent on facility time

Provide the figures requested in the first column of the table below to determine the percentage of your total pay bill spent on paying employees who were relevant union officials for facility time during the relevant period.

Percentage of the total pay bill Figures
Provide the percentage of the total pay bill spent on facility time, calculated as: 0.01%

Paid trade union activities

As a percentage of total paid facility time hours, how many hours were spent by employees who were relevant union officials during the relevant period on paid trade union activities?

Time spent on paid trade union activities Figures
Time spent on paid trade union activities as a percentage of total paid facility time hours calculated as:

(total hours spent on paid trade union activities by relevant union officials during the relevant period ÷ total paid facility time hours) x 100

Total number of hours spend on paid facility time = 1320 hrs

What is the total number of hours spend on paid trade union activates  = 163.5 hrs

The percentage of total hours spend on paid trade union activates is = 12.39%

 

Supporting Guidance for the Trade Union Regulations 2017