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Trade Union Info

Requested on
Wed 18th July, 2012
Reference
FOI 2156
Resolution
Information provided

Question

I am writing to obtain information about the total amount of money paid to trade unions by Charnwood, the amount of staff time spent on trade union duties and / or activities and the payment of subscriptions.

To outline my query as clearly as possible, I am requesting:
The total amount of money paid to all trade unions for financial years a) 2010-11 and b) 2011-12. Where possible please provide a list of total payments made to each different trade union. However if this disaggregated information is not available please continue to provide a total figure for trade union payments. In response to this question, please only include direct payments to the unions from your organisation, not membership dues deducted from staff salaries.

Please state:
Which trade unions your organisation provide staff time to work on trade union duties and / or activities (sometimes called ‘Trade Union facility time’) in i) 2010-11 and ii) 2011-12.
The number of full time equivalent staff that were provided for each trade union in i) 2010-11 and ii) 2011-12.

Does your organisation automatically deduct trade union subscriptions from staff salaries in the payroll process in order to pass them on to the union? If so, how much did your organisation charge each union for this service in a) 2010-11 and b) 2011-12?

Please note that the guidelines issued by ACAS state that: “An employee who is a member of an independent trade union recognised by the employer in respect of that description of employee is to be permitted reasonable time off during working hours to take part in any trade union activity. An employee who is a member of an independent and recognised trade union is also permitted to take reasonable time off during working hours for the purposes of accessing the services of a Union Learning Representative (provided those services are services for which the Union Learning Representative is entitled to time off).”

Answer

The total amount of money paid to all trade unions for financial years a) 2010-11 and b) 2011-12. Where possible please provide a list of total payments made to each different trade union. However if this disaggregated information is not available please continue to provide a total figure for trade union payments.
No Payments have been made to Trade Unions in 2010/11 or 2011/12.

We do pay for a part-time post of Trade Union Capacity Development Officer and these salary costs were:

2010/11 - £14,979.57

2011/12 - £14,826.90

Please state:

Which trade unions your organisation provide staff time to work on trade union duties and / or activities (sometimes called ‘Trade Union facility time’) in i) 2010-11 and ii) 2011-12.  

2010/11 – Unison and GMB

2011/12 – Unison and GMB

The number of full time equivalent staff that were provided for each trade union in i) 2010-11 and ii) 2011-12.

Under our Trade Union Agreement, Charnwood Borough Council allocates 57.5 hours per calendar month for Unison Activities and 7.5 hours per calendar month for GMB.  Union stewards may use additional time for attending meetings and training but this is not recorded.

Does your organisation automatically deduct trade union subscriptions from staff salaries in the payroll process in order to pass them on to the union? If so, how much did your organisation charge each union for this service in a) 2010-11 and b) 2011-12?

Charnwood Borough Council do automatically deduct subscriptions from staff salaries, but do not charge the unions for this service.

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