Trade Union Facility Time Recording

In accordance with the provisions of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992, trade union officials have a statutory right to reasonable paid time off from employment to carry out trade union duties including:- consultation/negotiation on terms and conditions; working practices; physical conditions of the working environment; recruitment; redeployment; termination of employment; discipline and grievance; induction; facility time; arrangements for consultation and negotiation; trade union training and to undertake responsibilities under Health and Safety legislation.

Under the Trade Union (Facility Time Publication Requirements) Regulations 2017, SPA / Police Scotland are now required to publish specified information related to paid time off provided to trade union officials for trade union duties and activities. Please find below details recorded for financial year 2017/18. The report for year 2018/19 is available as a PDF download at the bottom of this page. 

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
 47 45.46

 

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
 0% 7
 1-50% 28
 51%-99% 0
 100% 12

 

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.

  First Column  Figures
  Provide the total cost of facility time  £462,760
  Provide the total pay bill  £939,890,342
  Provide the percentage of the total pay bill spent on facility time, calculated as: (total cost of facility time ÷ total pay bill) x 100   0.05%

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?

First Column  Figures

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

10.2%

 

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