Facility Time

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Dear North Highland College,

Under Freedom of Information Scotland, I wish to receive the following information within 20 working days:

(1) How many hours of facility time per week are allocated to the various trade unions within your college for local business and how is this determined? Is it allocated by trade union or by steward? Please provide a breakdown by trade union.

(2) How many stewards do you have for each recognised union?

(3) Over and above the core allocation to the stewards involved in the local bargaining machinery, do you provide additional facility time to health and safety, learning or equalities reps? If so, please detail arrangements for each trade union and indicate whether or not this allocation is already covered in your response to question one or whether this is additional.

(4) Is more time given to stewards who are involved in the local bargaining machinery to those who are not? Please specify the amount per week for each trade union.

(5) Are any of your local stewards involved in the national bargaining machinery? If so, how much time is allocated to them per week to facilitate this and how many stewards are involved? Please detail for each trade union and indicate whether or not this time is already included in your response to question one or whether this is an additional allocation.

(6) Are any of your local stewards on facility time to run a trade union branch? If so, how many for each trade union and how many hours per week are allocated? Again, is this additional to the response provided for question one?

(7) When stewards are on union business, are there back-filling arrangements in place to cover their work? Please detail the arrangements for each of the recognised unions.

(8) Does your college support the notion of a central facility time fund whereby each college within the sector pays an equal share of the costs associated with national bargaining?

(9) If you answered yes to question 8, please indicate whether or not this position has been put formally to the Employers Association in any relevant discussions/votes.

Yours faithfully,

John Gallacher

North Highland College

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Sent request to North Highland College again, using a new contact address.

Dear North Highland College,

Can you confirm you received my request on FACILITY TIME?

Yours faithfully,

John Gallacher

NHC Info, North Highland College

Hello John

Your original message was not received as this account is now closed.

Kind regards
Liz Candeland
Admissions & Registry

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

NHC Info, North Highland College

Hello John

Please note that this message has been forwarded to Struan Mackie, who will respond to your enquiry in due course.

Kind regards
Liz Candeland
Admissions & Registry

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Struan Mackie, North Highland College

Good afternoon John,

North Highland College can confirm receipt of your Freedom of Information
Request, dated 8^th May 2020.

Please note that The Corona Virus (Scotland) Bill has extended our time
for statutory response from 20 to 60 working days. This measure is to
allow publicly funded bodies, such as North Highland College, to
prioritise COVID-19 related transition and resilience work at this time.

In order to progress your Freedom of Information Request, can you provide
clarity on the following point;

Question 4 – Is more time given to stewards who are involved in the local
bargaining machinery to those who are not? Please specify the amount per
week for each trade union.

- can you clarify what you mean by the phrase “local bargaining machinery”

 

 

When we have received clarification by return email, we will continue
progressing your request in line with the 60 working day limit.

North Highland College - UHI

 

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Dear Struan Mackie,

For clarification, Local Bargaining machinery would be a local JNC or JCC (Joint negotiating or consultation Committee).

These would normally be formal meetings set up with Management (normally 4 to 12 times per year).

Yours sincerely,

John Gallacher

Struan Mackie, North Highland College

W/c 25.05.2020

Due to COVID-19 all North Highland College Board of Management duties are
now taking place digitally and it may take slightly longer to respond to
queries than usual.

My current working days are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays.

Struan Mackie

07801766082

Secretary to the Board of Management

 

The North Highland College UHI is a registered charity (SC021215) The
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contain personal views which are not the views of the North Highland
College UHI unless specifically stated. The College does not accept
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Struan Mackie, North Highland College

Please find the response from our HR team.

(1) How many hours of facility time per week are allocated to the various
trade unions within your college for local business and how is this
determined? Is it allocated by trade union or by steward? Please provide a
breakdown by trade union.  Time is allocated upon request to the
representatives Line Manager - a fixed allocation is not provided.  It is
determined by need.
(2) How many stewards do you have for each recognised union?  We have 2
local representatives.

(3) Over and above the core allocation to the stewards involved in the
local bargaining machinery, do you provide additional facility time to
health and safety, learning or equalities reps? If so, please detail
arrangements for each trade union and indicate whether or not this
allocation is already covered in your response to question one or whether
this is additional. Additionally, we have a Health and Safety Rep. 
Their time is not included above but is subject to the same arrangements.

(4) Is more time given to stewards who are involved in the local
bargaining machinery to those who are not? Please specify the amount per
week for each trade union.  Time is allocated based upon need and subject
to management approval. 
(5) Are any of your local stewards involved in the national bargaining
machinery? No.  If so, how much time is allocated to them per week to
facilitate this and how many stewards are involved? Please detail for each
trade union and indicate whether or not this time is already included in
your response to question one or whether this is an additional allocation.

(6) Are any of your local stewards on facility time to run a trade union
branch? No.  If so, how many for each trade union and how many hours per
week are allocated? Again, is this additional to the response provided for
question one?

(7) When stewards are on union business, are there back-filling
arrangements in place to cover their work? No.  Please detail the
arrangements for each of the recognised unions.

(8) Does your college support the notion of a central facility time fund
whereby each college within the sector pays an equal share of the costs
associated with national bargaining?  Yes

(9) If you answered yes to question 8, please indicate whether or not this
position has been put formally to the Employers Association in any
relevant discussions/votes.  Yes.
I trust that this response answers your Freedom of Information Request.

If you require anything further, please do not hesitate to let me know.
Struan Mackie
North Highland College - UHI
The North Highland College UHI is a registered charity (SC021215) The
contents of this message are intended for the addressee only and may
contain personal views which are not the views of the North Highland
College UHI unless specifically stated. The College does not accept
liability for any such views. Please note that all email traffic is
monitored for the purposes of security and spam filtering. As such,
individual e-mails may be examined in more detail to ensure that all
College employees are compliant with the College’s E-Mail Policy.