Trade union facility time

Trade Union (Facility Time Publication Requirements) Regulations 2017

The Trade Union (Facility Time Publication Requirements) Regulations 2017 came into force on1 April 2017. These regulations place a legislative requirement on relevant public sector employers to collate and publish, on an annual basis, a range of data on the amount and cost of facility time within their organisation.

The data must be broken down in to Central Function and Education Function employees.

Data for Bury Council from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019 is detailed below.


Bury Council (Central function employees)

Employees in organisation

  • 5,001 to 9,999 employees.

Trade union representatives and full-time equivalents

  • Trade union representatives: 23
  • FTE trade union representatives: 22.52

Percentage of working hours spent on facility time

  • 0% of working hours: 1 representative
  • 1 to 50% of working hours: 20 representatives
  • 51 to 99% of working hours: 1 representative
  • 100% of working hours: 1 representative

Total pay bill and facility time costs

  • Total pay bill: £58,595,195.76
  • Total cost of facility time: £91,518.26
  • Percentage of pay spent on facility time: 0.16%

Paid trade union activities

  • Hours spent on paid facility time: 4,968.42
  • Hours spent on paid trade union activities: 198
  • Percentage of total paid facility time hours spent on paid TU activities: 3.99%

Bury Council (Education function employees)

Employees in organisation

  • 5,001 to 9,999 employees

Trade union representatives and full-time equivalents

  • Trade union representatives: 96
  • FTE trade union representatives: 12.74

Percentage of working hours spent on facility time

  • 0% of working hours: 80 representatives
  • 1 to 50% of working hours: 12 representatives
  • 51 to 99% of working hours: 4 representatives
  • 100% of working hours: 0 representatives

Total pay bill and facility time costs

  • Total pay bill: £82,866,623.29
  • Total cost of facility time: £63,876.54
  • Percentage of pay spent on facility time: 0.08%

Paid trade union activities

  • Hours spent on paid facility time: 2,152.7
  • Hours spent on paid trade union activities: 136
  • Percentage of total paid facility time hours spent on paid TU activities: 6.32%

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