Union Facilities Time Reporting
The Trade Union (Facility Time Publication Requirements) Regulations 2017 came into force on the 1st April 2017. These regulations place a legislative requirement on relevant public sector employers to collate and publish, on an annual basis, a range of data on the amount and cost of facility time within their organisation.
Facility Time is the provision of paid or unpaid time off from an employee’s normal role to undertake TU duties and activities as a TU representative. There is a statutory entitlement to reasonable paid time off for undertaking union duties.
The facility time (FT) data that organisations are required to collate and publish under the 2017 regulations are:
Number of employees who were relevant union officials during the relevant period
How many employees who were relevant union officials 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 the total pay bill spent on facility time
Time spent on paid trade union activities as a percentage of total paid facility time hours