Trade Union Facility Time Regulation
This 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.
The regulations only apply to employers that have at least one TU representative and which have more than 49 full time equivalent (FTE) employees during any seven months of a 12 month relevant period.
Although the Acorn Trust does not have the above qualification and has no trade union representatives within any of its schools, it does buy into the local authority's facility time agreement. The cost of this for the Trust in 2018-19 was £2314. The attachment shows the local authority published trade union data which outlines:
- Number of employees who were relevant union officials during the relevant period
- How many employees who were relevant union officials 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 the total pay bill spent on facility time
- Time spent on paid trade union activities as a percentage of total paid facility time hours