Trade union facility time 2017-18Published: 31 July 2018
Freedom of information class: What we spend and how
Registers of Scotland's facility time taken by Trade Union representatives.
The value of facility time
- Provision of a ready-made structure for meaningful consultation and negotiation saves money and reassures members that their views are valued in decision-making.
- Facilitation of partnership working with trade unions improves workplace relations and the reputation of an employer as ‘a good place to work’.
- Earlier intervention in relation to complaints, grievances and disciplinary action prevents escalation into more serious problems and saves organisations (and taxpayers) money by reducing the impact on staff time and possible legal costs.
- Better communication during restructuring and redundancy processes improves understanding of decisions, minimises negative impacts and reduces the number of working days lost through industrial action.
Table 1 - Relevant union officials
What was the total number of your employees who were relevant union officials during the relevant period?
Number of employees who were relevant union officials during the relevant period
Full-time equivalent employee number
Table 2 - Percentage of time spent on facility time
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
Table 3 - Percentage of pay bill spent on facility time
Provide the figures requested in the first column of the table below to determine the percentage of your total pay bill, spent on paying employees who were relevant union officials for facility time during the relevant period.
Provide the total cost of facility time
Provide the total pay bill
Provide the percentage of the total pay bill spent on facility time, calculated as:
(total cost of facility time ÷ total pay bill) x 100
Table 4 - Paid trade union activities
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?
Time spent on paid trade union activities as a percentage of total paid facility time hours calculated as:
(total hours spent on paid trade union activities by relevant union officials during the relevant period ÷ total paid facility time hours) x 100