Trade union facility time

Introduction

The Local Government Transparency Code 2014 requires local authorities to publish the following information on trade union facility time.

2019/20

The Local Government Transparency Code 2014 and The Trade Union (Facility Time Publication Requirements) Regulations 2017, requires local authorities to publish the following information on trade union facility time.

Section One - The Local Government Transparency Code 2014

The total number (absolute number and full time equivalent) of staff who are union representatives - including general, learning and health and safety.

Union

Actual representatives

FTE

2018/2019 FTE

Unison

Full Time

1

1

Unison

Part Time

0.053

0.165

Unite

Part Time

0.075

0.121

GMB

Part Time

0.000

0.000

The total number (absolute and full time equivalent) of union representatives who devote at least fifty percent of their time to union activities:

  • Total actual = 1
  • Total FTE = 1

The names of all the trade unions represented in the local authority:

  • UNISON
  • UNITE
  • GMB

A basic estimate of spending on unions, this is calculated as the number of full time equivalent days spent on union duties multiplied by the average salary.

  • Mean salary = £33,748
  • Basic estimate of spending = £37,798

A basic estimate of spending on unions as a percentage of the total pay bill. This is calculated as the number of full-time equivalent days spent on union duties multiplied by the average salary divided by the total pay bill.

  • Basic estimate of spending = £37,798
  • Total pay bill = £47,076,766
  • Percentage of total pay = 0.08%

Section Two - The Trade Union (Facility Time Publication Requirements) Regulations 2017

The total number of employees who were relevant union officials during the relevant period?

  • 10 (9.19 FTE)

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

2018/2019 figures

0%

3

1

1-50%

6

9

51%-99%

0

0

100%

1

1

The percentage of time spent on facility time is calculated dividing the hours the representative worked on union activities and duties by their actual annual working hours.

Percentage of pay bill spent on facility time

The percentage was calculated by dividing the total cost of facility time, (using the individuals hourly rate with an on cost of 30% added), by the total pay bill. As it is not possible to identify individual employees from this figure, it was not necessary to use a notional hourly cost.

  • Total cost of facility time = £46,981
  • Total pay bill = £47,076766
  • Percentage of total pay = 0.998%

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 paid facility time hours = 1,837
  • Paid trade union activities = 57
  • Percentage = 3.12%

The percentage was calculated by dividing the paid activities facility time by the total of the facility time (which includes duties and activities).

2018/19

The Local Government Transparency Code 2014 and The Trade Union (Facility Time Publication Requirements) Regulations 2017, requires local authorities to publish the following information on trade union facility time.  

Section One - The Local Government Transparency Code 2014

The total number (absolute number and full time equivalent) of staff who are union representatives - including general, learning and health and safety.

UNISON

  • Actual representative (works full time on union duties) = 1.00 FTE
  • Actual representatives (work part time on union duties) = 0.165 FTE

GMB

  • Actual representative (works part time on union duties) = 0.000 FTE

UNITE

  • Actual representatives (work part time on union duties) = 1.21 FTE

The total number (absolute and full time equivalent) of union representatives who devote at least fifty percent of their time to union activities.

  • Total actual = 1
  • Total FTE = 1

The names of all the trade unions represented in the local authority.

  • UNISON
  • GMB
  • UNITE

A basic estimate of spending on unions (calculated as the number of full time equivalent days spent on union duties multiplied by the average salary). 

  • Mean salary in the council = £32,653
  • Basic estimate of spending = £41,796

A basic estimate of spending on unions as a percentage of the total pay bill, this is calculated as the number of full time equivalent days spent on union duties multiplied by the average salary divided by the total pay bill.

  • Basic estimate of spending = £41,796
  • Total pay bill = £48,672,171
  • Percentage = 0.09%

Section Two - The Trade Union (Facility Time Publication Requirements) Regulations 2017

The total number of your employees who were relevant union officials during the relevant period

  • 11 (10.10 FTE)

This section details the recognised union officials in the council for the relevant year. The FTE is calculated by dividing the hours the representative worked on union activities and duties by 1702 (hours available to work for full time employees).

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 2017/18 figures
0% 1 3
1-50% 9 8
51-99% 0 0
100% 1 1


The percentage of time spent on facility time is calculated dividing the hours the representative worked on union activities and duties by their actual annual working hours.

Percentage of pay bill spent on facility time

The percentage was calculated by dividing the total cost of facility time, using the individuals hourly rate with an on cost of 30% added, by the total pay bill.  As it is not possible to identify individual employees from this figure, it was not necessary to use a notional hourly cost.

  • Total cost of facility time = £50,914
  • Total pay bill = £48,672,171
  • Percentage = 0.1%

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 paid facility time hours = 2,043
  • Paid trade union activities = 135
  • Percentage = 6.6%

The percentage was calculated by dividing the paid activities facility time by the total of the facility time, which includes duties and activities.

2017/18

Section One - The Local Government Transparency Code 2014

The total number (absolute number and full time equivalent) of staff who are union representatives - including general, learning and health and safety.

UNISON

  • 1 actual representative (works full time on union duties) = 1.00 FTE
  • 5 actual representatives (work part time on union duties) = 0.053 FTE

GMB

  • 1 actual representative (works part time on union duties) = 0.0320 FTE

UNITE

  • 5 actual representatives (work part time on union duties) = 0.22 FTE

The total number, absolute and full time equivalent, of union representatives who devote at least fifty percent of their time to union activities. 

  • 1 (1 FTE)

The names of all the trade unions represented in the local authority.

  • UNISON
  • GMB
  • UNITE

A basic estimate of spending on unions (calculated as the number of full time equivalent days spent on union duties multiplied by the average salary). 

  • Mean salary in the council = £31,608
  • Basic estimate of spending = £41,090

A basic estimate of spending on unions as a percentage of the total pay bill (calculated as the number of full time equivalent days spent on union duties multiplied by the average salary divided by the total pay bill).

  • Total cost of facility time = £41,090
  • Total pay bill = £48,486,609
  • Percentage = 0.08%

Section Two - The Trade Union (Facility Time Publication Requirements) Regulations 2017

The total number of your employees who were relevant union officials during the relevant period

  • 12 (10.69 FTE)

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% 3
1-50% 8
51-99% 0
100% 1

Percentage of pay bill spent on facility time

  • Total cost of facility time = £58,604
  • Total pay bill = £48,486,609
  • Percentage = 0.12%

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 paid facility time = 2,453
  • Paid trade union activities = 133
  • Percentage = 5.43%

2016/17

The total number (absolute number and full time equivalent) of staff who are union representatives - including general, learning and health and safety. 

UNISON

  • 1 actual representative (works full time on union duties) = 1.00 FTE
  • 5 actual representatives (work part time on union duties) = 0.04 FTE

GMB

  • 1 actual representative (works part time on union duties) = 0.06 FTE

UNITE

  • 5 actual representatives (work part time on union duties) = 0.15 FTE

The total number (absolute and full time equivalent) of union representatives who devote at least fifty percent of their time to union activities. 

  • 1 (1 FTE)

The names of all the trade unions represented in the local authority.

  • UNISON
  • GMB
  • UNITE

A basic estimate of spending on unions, this is calculated as the number of full time equivalent days spent on union duties multiplied by the average salary. 

  • Mean salary in the council = £31,608
  • Basic estimate of spending= £39,510

A basic estimate of spending on unions as a percentage of the total pay bill, this is calculated as the number of full time equivalent days spent on union duties multiplied by the average salary divided by the total pay bill.

  • Total cost of faclity time = £39,510
  • Total pay bill = £49,114,258
  • Percentage = 0.001%

In relation to teaching trade unions, funding for trade union facility time is funded from the Direct Support Grant which is given directly to Peterborough’s Schools and therefore is not funded by the council. This means we are unable to provide you with an FTE equivalent or estimation of this data.

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