Trade union facility time

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

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

UNISON
2 actual representatives (work full time on union duties) = 2 FTE
6 actual representatives (work part time on union duties x 0.05 FTE) = 0.3 FTE

GMB
1 actual representative (works part time on union duties x 0.05 FTE) = 1 x 0.05 FTE

UNITE
4 actual representatives (work part time on union duties x 0.05 FTE) = 0.2 FTE

Number of representatives
Total actual 13
Total FTE 2.55 FTE

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

Number of representatives who devote
at least 50% of their time to union activities
Total actual 2
Total FTE 2 FTE

The two full time union representatives are part funded by Unison and not wholly by the council. These are included in the table at point 1 above.

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

  • UNISON
  • GMB
  • UNITE

4. 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). 

Mean salary in the council as published in the 2015 pay policy statement = £30,420
11 representatives x 12 days estimate TU time per person = 132 days plus 2 representatives x full time (225 days) = 450 days. 

2.55 FTE x £30,420 (mean salary) = £77,751 divided by total pay bill £76,651,000 = 0.001%.