Trade Union Facility Time
Trade Union facility time is the time which a trade union representative takes out of his or her normal working day to work on union matters. This can include dealing with and helping members; attending formal individual meetings with members and management and wider partnership meetings with senior management to discuss terms and conditions of employment and other matters which affect the workforce.
The Trade Union (Facility Time Publication Requirements) Regulations 2017 are intended to mandate all relevant public sector employers to publish information relating to the amount and cost of trade union facility time within their organisation. The information which the regulations require to be publicised is as follows:
- The number of employees who were relevant union officials during the relevant period
- The number of employees who were relevant union officials who spent a) 0%; b) 1 – 50%; c) 51 – 99% and d) 100% of their normal working hours on facility time
- The percentage of the total pay bill spent on facility time
- Time spent on paid trade union activities as a percent rage of total paid facility time hours
The report for the year 2017/2018 can be found below.