Trade Union Facility Time

1.0 Introduction

There is a requirement for relevant public sector organisations to publish information in relation to trade union facility time.

The Trade Union (Facility Time Publication Requirements) Regulations 2017 (“the Facility Time Regulations”) came into force on 1 April 2017 requiring relevant public sector employers to publish specified information on an annual basis covering the 12 month period beginning with 1 April.

The first relevant period runs from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018 and the information must be published on the Trust website.

2.0 What is required to be published?

The schedule of tables below shows the information the Trust is required to publish.

Facility time is the time off taken by a union official that is permitted by the Trust, in order to carry out trade union duties or activities (but not including partnership duties).

The schedule captures 4 tables of information:

  • The number of employees who are union officials
  • The percentage of their working hours spent on trade union facility time
  • The percentage of the pay bill spent on facility time
  • The percentage spent on paid trade union activities as a percentage of the total paid facility time hours.

To provide an insight into the information relevant to this Trust, the tables have been populated with data received from union officials as at to 31st May 2018.

Table 4 for example shows that 13.6% based on completed data, of the total paid facility time hours, was spent on paid trade union activity (rather than trade union duties).

3.0 Recommendation

For the completed information to be shared at JCNC and to be published on the Trust website.

SCHEDULE 2 Information to be published

Regulation 8

Table 1 Relevant union officials

What was the total number of your employees who were relevant union officials during the relevant period?

Number of employees who were relevant union officials during the relevant periodFull-time equivalent employee number

7

4.6

Table 2 Percentage of time spent on facility time (not including partnership working)

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 timeNumber of employees

0%

2

1-10%

1

11-20%

1

21-30%

1

31-40%

0

41-50%

2

51-60%

0

61-70%

0

71-80%

0

81-90%

0

91-100%

0

Table 3 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.

First ColumnFigures

Provide the total cost of facility time (not including partnership working)

£13,193*

Provide the total pay bill

£63,738,453

Provide the percentage of the total pay bill spent on facility time, calculated as: (total cost of facility time ÷ total pay bill) x 100

0.02%*

Table 4 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 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

13.6%*

*Based on data as at 31st March 2018