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Trade unions

Total number of staff who are union representatives

Essex County Council funds two full-time employees who fill trade union representative posts.

This includes the absolute number and full time equivalents and general, learning and health and safety representatives.

Total number of union representatives who devote at least 50 per cent of their time to union duties

Essex County Council funds two full-time employees who fill trade union representative posts.

In relation to teaching trade unions, Essex County Council provides Schools with Direct Schools Grant (DSG) funding which is used to fund union representatives within Essex’s Schools. This means we are unable to provide you with an FTE equivalent or estimation of this data because the only information we receive in relation to facility time for these schools trade unions are claims for the reimbursement from the individual schools for cover.

Trade unions represented in the local authority:

Unison
GMB
Unite
Prospect
Aspect
AEP
UCU
NUT
ATL
Voice
NASUWT
NAHT
ASCL

A basic estimate of spending on unions

£90,895 which incorporates salary, pension and NI contributions for the two trade union representatives mentioned in part 1 & 2 and small amount of money for ancillary costs.

As per the above statement relating to Trade Union representatives working in schools however can confirm that, as at December 2014 the total spend relating to trade unions within the Direct Schools Grant (DSG) was £46,781. For information the total spend for 2013/14 was £117,565.

This is calculated as the number of full time equivalent days spent on union duties multiplied by the average salary.

A basic estimate of spending on unions as a percentage of the total pay bill

Less than 0.1% of the total pay bill

As per the above statement relating to Trade Union representatives working in schools we are unable to provide this information.

This is calculated as the number of full time equivalent days spent on union duties multiplied by the average salary divided by the total pay bill.

Central function

Relevant union officials

Employees who were relevant union officials during relevant preiod Full time equivalent
2 1.5

Percentage of time spend on facility time

Time Employees
0% 0
1-50% 1
51-99% 0
100% 1

Percentage of pay bill spent of facility time

The total cost of facility time was 38,792.18.

Our total pay bill was 275,000,000.

This works out at a 0.01% pay bill spend on facility.

We calculated this as (total cost of facility time/total pay bill) x 100.

Paid trade union activities

Time spent on paid trade union activities as a percentage of total paid facility time hour is 0%.

We calculated this as (total hours spent on paid trade union activities by relevant union officials during the relevant period/total paid facility time hours) x 100.

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