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Taxpayer funding of trade unions - The TaxPayers' Alliance

Taxpayer funding of trade unions - The TaxPayers' Alliance

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List of Tables Table 1: Quangos Table 2: Government Departments Table 3: UK Local Authorities Table 4: Primary Care Trusts Table 5: Foundation and Acute Trusts Table 6: Mental Health Trusts Table 7: Ambulance Trusts Table 8: Scottish NHS Trusts Table 9: Welsh NHS Trusts Table 10: Northern Irish Trusts Table 11: Fire Services Table 12: Notes To arrange broadcast interviews, please contact: Emma Boon Campaign Manager, TaxPayers' Alliance 07736 065 546 To discuss the research, please contact: Matthew Sinclair Director, TaxPayers’ Alliance 07771 990 174 Jennifer Dunn Policy Analyst, TaxPayers' Alliance 07793 674 711 55 Tufton Street, London, SW1P 3QL � � 0845 330 9554 (office hours) � 07795 084 113 (24 hours) 2

Background Under the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992, part III section 168 a union representative is permitted to paid time off for union duties. 3 According to the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) trade union duties include everything from: 4 � The terms and conditions of employment; � The physical conditions in which workers are required to work; � Matters of trade union membership or non-membership within the organisation. Under the same Act any employee who is a union representative or member of a recognised trade union is also entitled to unpaid time off to undertake union activities – which are distinct from duties. Union activities defined by ACAS can include voting in a union election or meeting regarding union business. There is no statutory requirement to pay union representatives or members for time spent on union activities. 5 But union duties and activities both fall under the remit of a union representative and therefore some union representatives are paid for undertaking union activities and duties. Union Learning Representatives (ULRs) are also entitled to paid time off, for duties including: 6 � Analysing learning or training needs; � Providing information and advice about learning and training matters; � Arranging learning and or training and promoting the values of learning and training. In 2004 the Labour government made a commitment to boost the number of ULRs in the workforce to 20,000, which was a threefold increase at the time. 7 The significant number of union representatives that are paid for by public funds means that trade unions themselves do not bear representation costs. This frees up large amounts of money, whether from direct grants from public sector organisations and membership fees, to be used on political campaigns. If their other costs are paid at 3 4 Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS), ‘Code of Practice 3 Time off for Trade union duties and activities’, January 2010, p. 7. 5 Ibid, p. 19. 6 Ibid, p. 10. 7 Djanogly, J and Duncan, A. ‘Labour and the Trade Unions’, CPS, November 2007, p. 12 55 Tufton Street, London, SW1P 3QL � � 0845 330 9554 (office hours) � 07795 084 113 (24 hours) 3

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