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At organisations which provided data for both the years covered in this note, there was
an increase of 32 full time equivalent public sector staff
Our figure of
2,840 is almost certainly an underestimate.
Bodies that do notrecord facility time acknowledge that staff do utilise it. For example, Wrightington,Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust have 42 union stewards who meet regularly,but the time they spend on this is not recorded.
Only 7 organisations of the 1,300 public sector bodies we surveyed for this report didnot respond.
no record of the time taken off
by staff tocarry out union duties.
Parliamentary questions have revealed that in the public sector 0.14 per cent of theannual pay bill is spent on facility time, compared to 0.04 per cent in the private sector.If the number of public sector staff working for trade unions were reduced by the sameratio
2,028 full-time equivalent staff could return to frontline services,equivalent to saving £57.2 million
of taxpayers’ money.
The organisation with the highest number of staff working on trade union activities wasthe
Department for Work and Pensions
full time equivalent staff (seeTable 4, page 32)
had the second highest number, with 181 full time equivalentstaff (see Table 3, page 21)
Birmingham City Council
was the local authority with the
highest number, withnearly 62 full time equivalent staff working on trade union activities and duties (seeTable 5, page 35). The second and third placed local authorities were
29, (see Table 5, page 39)
26 (see Table 5, page 51)
were Defence Equipment and Support with 36 (see Table 3, page18), Transport for London with 31 (see Table 3, page 29) and Remploy with 29 (seeTable 3, page 26)
The organisation in
with the most employees on union duties was theScottish Prison Service, who had 34 full time equivalent staff (see Table 3, page 27)
, Betsi Cadwaladr University Local Health Board came top with nearly 11 (seeTable 7, page 73)
, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust had the most with 16
fulltime equivalents (see Table 7, page 70)
the Metropolitan Police Force who had 16 full time equivalentstaff undertaking union duties (see Table 11, page 96)