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Trade Union Facility Time

Trade Union Facility Time Publication for the period 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019. Relevant public sector employers, including HEIs in England and Scotland, are required to publish their Trade Union Facility Time data on an annual basis.

Trade Union Facility Time

What is Facility Time Publication?

The Trade Union (Facility Time Publication Requirements) Regulations 2017 came into force on 1 April 2017 and places a legislative requirement on relevant public sector employers, including HEIs in England and Scotland, to ‘collate and publish, on an annual basis, a range of data on the amount and cost of facility time within their organisation’.

What is Facility Time?

Facility time is defined in the Regulations as ‘the provision of paid or unpaid time from an employee’s normal role to undertake Trade Union duties and activities as a Trade Union representative’.

What data are we required to publish?

We are required to publish a range of data on the amount and cost of facility time within our organisation, which is shown in Tables 1 to 4 below.

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 period

Full-time equivalent employee number

41

38.46 FTE

 Table 2: 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%

0

1-50%

40

51-99%

0

100%

1

Table 3: Percentage of pay bill spent on facility time 

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

Total cost of facility time

£209,367

Total pay bill

£141,811,624

Percentage of the total pay bill spent on facility time

0.15%

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?

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

 

21.94%

 

At Table 4 we are required to publish how many hours were spent by our trade union officials on paid trade union activities as a percentage of total paid facility time hours. Facility time is paid or unpaid time that our trade union officials receive from their normal role to undertake trade union duties and activities.

Paid trade union duties include, for example, preparing for negotiation or consultation and attending meetings with university managers; accompanying their trade union members to meetings; completing training relevant to their trade union role.

Paid trade union activities means the time taken off with pay by trade union officials to carry out matters beyond the immediate interest or concern of the university. These activities include, for example, attendance at national executive committee meetings and attendance at trade union conferences.

During the period 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019, the university provided 2535 hours of facility time to Unison and 4544 hours to UCU, so a total of 7079 hours overall.

From the facility time provided to each trade union:

  • UCU Northumbria University Branch report they spent 3366 hours (74.08%) on trade union duties and 1178 hours (25.92%) on trade union activities.
  • Unison Northumbria University Branch report they spent 2160 hours (85.21%) on trade union duties and 375 hours (14.79%) on trade union activities.
  • The figure of 21.94% shown in Table 4 is the total paid time spent on trade union activities which is calculated as follows:
  • 1178 hours (UCU) + 375 hours (Unison) = 1553 hours divided by 7079 hours (total paid facility time) x 100 = 21.94%

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