Human Resources

Trade Unions Information (including Facility Time Reporting)

Information and contact details for the University's recognised Trade Unions (including Facility Time Reporting).

Trade Unions 

The University recognises three trade unions: University and College Union (UCU), UNISON and Unite.  It informs, consults and negotiates with each union on matters which specifically affect their cohort of members and works in partnership with all three unions on matters which affect all staff, for example, changes to University policy, terms and conditions of employment, working practices and proposals for organisational change. 

With other Higher Education trade unions, UCU, UNISON and Unite negotiate on a national basis with the higher education employer’s body, the Universities and Colleges Employer’s Association (UCEA) over pay, for example on the annual increase to the rates on the national pay spine.

National Pay Spine 

More information can be found below:

Union Name Link to contact details

UNISON

UNISON (EASE login required) 

Unite

Unite

University and College Union (UCU)

UCU
Further information is available through the link below:

Joint Unions Liaison Committee (JULC)

JULC

 

Facility Time Reporting 

The Trade Union (Facility Time Publication Requirements) Regulations 2017 require public sector employers, including universities, to publish information on trade union facility time for the period 1 April to 31 March each year.  Facility time is the provision of paid or unpaid time off from an employee’s normal role to undertake trade union duties and activities as a trade union representative.  The data for 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019 is published below.

 

Facility Time Report for April 2018 - March 2019
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
30 26.37
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% 3
1-50% 24
51%-99% 3
100% 0
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 £158,610.11
Provide the total pay bill £532,262,718.00

Provide the percentage of the total pay bill spent on facility time, calculated as:(total cost of facility time ÷ total pay bill) x 100 

0.03%                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
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  

                                                                                                                                                               = 4.7%