Trade Union Facility Time

On 01 April 2017, the Trade Union (Facility Time Publication Requirements) Regulations 2017 came into force.

The regulations require the Trust to collate and publish a range of data on the amount and cost of ‘facility time’ for the organisation.

The current reporting year is for the 12 months from 01 April 2017 to 31 March 2018. ‘Facility time’ is the provision of paid or unpaid time off from an employee’s normal role to undertake trade union duties and activities as a trade union representative.

There is a statutory entitlement to reasonable paid time off for undertaking trade union duties. There is no statutory entitlement to paid time off for undertaking trade union activities. The data has now been collated for the reporting year 01 April 2017 to 31 March 2018 and is shown 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 for the Trust
19 19

 

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% 5
1-50% 10
51-99% 4
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 column Figures
Provide the total cost of facility time £83, 975.80
Provide the total pay bill £71, 241, 000.00
Provide the percentage of the total pay bill spent on facility time, calculated as: (total cost of facility time divided by total pay bill) x 100 0.12%

 

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 (JCF,JPG,AFC) by relevant union officials during the relevant period ÷ total paid facility time hours) x 100

933.5/7380.90 = 12.64%