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Union Payments

Requested on
Mon 29th July, 2013
FOI 3211
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1. A list of trade unions which received payments from your organisation and the total amounts paid to each union for financial years a) 2011-12 and b) 2012-13. If it is not possible to list the amount paid to each union, please provide a total amount paid to all unions. Please do not include membership dues or salary costs. Please only include direct payments.

2. Please state:
a) 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) 2011-12 and ii) 2012-13.
b) The number of full-time equivalent (FTE) staff that were provided for each trade union in i) 2011-12 and ii) 2012-13. For example, if a member of staff spends 2 days per week on union business, this is equal to 0.4 FTE.
a) Does your organisation provide the facility to deduct trade union subscriptions from staff salaries in the payroll process?
b) If so, for each union please state what your organisation charged for this service (whether as a fixed amount per employee or a percentage), and the total amount collected in:
i) 2011-12
ii) 2012-13

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).”


1. No payments were made to any Trade Unions during 2011/12 or 2012/13, other than re membership dues collected.

2. a)(i) Unison and GMB
   (ii) Unison, GMB and UCATT
b)(i) Unison – 0.36FTE, GMB – 0.05FTE
   (ii) Unison – 0.36FTE, GMB – 0.05FTE

3. a) Yes
b) We do not charge for this service
i)  2011/12: £25,493.73
ii)  2012/13: £25,805.25