Trade Union Funding

Alex Wild made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

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I am writing to obtain information about the total amount of money paid to trade unions by your organisation, the amount of staff time spent on trade union duties and/or activities and the payment of subscriptions.
To outline my query as clearly as possible, I am requesting:

1. A list of trade unions which received payments from your organisation and the total amounts paid to each union for financial years a) 2011-12 and b) 2012-13. If it is not possible to list the amount paid to each union, please provide a total amount paid to all unions. Please do not include membership dues or salary costs. Please only include direct payments.

2. Please state:
a) Which trade unions your organisation provide staff time to work on trade union duties and / or activities (sometimes called ‘Trade Union facility time’) in i) 2011-12 and ii) 2012-13.

b) The number of full-time equivalent (FTE) staff that were provided for each trade union in i) 2011-12 and ii) 2012-13. For example, if a member of staff spends 2 days per week on union business, this is equal to 0.4 FTE.

3.

a) Does your organisation provide the facility to deduct trade union subscriptions from staff salaries in the payroll process?

b) If so, for each union please state what your organisation charged for this service (whether as a fixed amount per employee or a percentage), and the total amount collected in:

i) 2011-12

ii) 2012-13

Please note that the guidelines issued by ACAS state that: “An employee who is a member of an independent trade union recognised by the employer in respect of that description of employee is to be permitted reasonable time off during working hours to take part in any trade union activity. An employee who is a member of an independent and recognised trade union is also permitted to take reasonable time off during working hours for the purposes of accessing the services of a Union Learning Representative (provided those services are services for which the Union Learning Representative is entitled to time off).”

If the information is not recorded, there is no way of ascertaining whether the time off provided is reasonable. I therefore do not expect the response that the organisation does not hold this information. If a formal record is not kept then I will accept a reasonable estimate.

If the response to any of the questions is ‘nil’ or you are unable to answer any of them, please continue to respond to the other questions

My preferred format to receive this information is electronically, but if that is not possible I will gladly accept letters at the address below.

I would be grateful if you would acknowledge receipt of this request as soon as possible.

Kind regards

Alex Wild

penninecare foi (PENNINE CARE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST), Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust

Dear Mr Wild,

Thank you for your request for information which was received at this office on 31st July 2013.

Your request will now be considered and you will receive a response within the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Act (in this case, by 29th August 2013), subject to the information not being exempt or containing a reference to a third party. In some circumstances, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust may be unable to achieve this deadline. If this is likely, you will be informed and given a revised time-scale at the earliest opportunity.

There may be a fee classed as the 'appropriate limit' for the retrieval, collation and provision of the information you request. For Public Authorities, the 'appropriate fee' is £450. The Trust is not obliged to request that a fee is paid and, therefore, the information may not be able to be provided. If this is the case, you will be informed.

Some requests may also require either full or partial transference to another public authority in order to answer your query in the fullest possible way. Again, you will be informed if this is the case.

Many thanks,

Shavarnah Purves
Information Governance Assistant
Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
225 Old Street
Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 7SR

Telephone: 0161 716 3146
Email: [email address]
Fax: 0161 716 3389
Website: www.penninecare.nhs.uk

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penninecare foi (PENNINE CARE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST), Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Mr Wild,

 

Thank you for your request for information which was received at this
office on 31st July 2013.

 

This is to inform you that Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust has now
collated your request for information and can be found below:

 

 

1.  A list of trade unions which received payments from your organisation
and the total amounts paid to each union for financial years a) 2011-12
and b) 2012-13. If it is not possible to list the amount paid to each
union, please provide a total amount paid to all unions. Please do not
include membership dues or salary costs. Please only include direct
payments.

 

Please note that Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust does not make any
payments to trades unions.

 

2. Please state:

a) Which trade unions your organisation provide staff time to work on
trade union duties and / or activities (sometimes called ‘Trade Union
facility time’) in i) 2011-12 and ii) 2012-13.

 

b) The number of full-time equivalent (FTE) staff that were provided for
each trade union in i) 2011-12 and ii) 2012-13. For example, if a member
of staff spends 2 days per week on union business, this is equal to 0.4
FTE.

 

The below FTEs relate to the total contracted hours of each staff side
colleague and not to the amount of time spent on union duties. Please note
the Trust does not currently monitor or log time taken to perform union
duties. Individuals are advised to raise a dispute with HR if time off has
not been granted. No disputes have been logged for the above time frames.

 

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust union representation
2011-2012  
Union Contracted FTE
CSP 1
UNITE * 6.59
RCN ** 3.8
SOCAP 1
BOS 2.52
BDA 2.41
CPHVA *** 2
CSP 1.36
SCP 1
UNISON (CS) 0.8
UNISON 6.89
UNITE 1
   
* (incl 4.79 shared with CPHVA)
** (excludes 1 rep from other PCT)
*** (exc (4.79 shared with CPHVA)
   
2012-2013  
Union Contracted FTE
CSP 1
UNITE * 6.59
RCN ** 3.8
SOCAP 1
BOS 2.52
BDA 2.41
CPHVA *** 2
CSP 1.36
SCP 1
UNISON (CS) 0.8
UNISON 6.89
UNITE 1

 

* (incl 4.79 shared with CPHVA)

** (excludes 1 rep from other PCT)

*** (exc (4.79 shared with CPHVA)

 

The Trust Trade Union Recognition Policy – Version 2 states that the Trust
will grant reasonable time off with pay to recognised staff
representatives to carry out trade union duties concerned with industrial
relations involving the Trust and members. In addition, paid time off will
normally be granted for attendance at Trade Union Conferences however a
maximum of one working week will be allocated per person per year.

 

3.

 

a) Does your organisation provide the facility to deduct trade union
subscriptions from staff salaries in the payroll process?

 

Yes. 

 

b) If so, for each union please state what your organisation charged for
this service (whether as a fixed amount per employee or a percentage), and
the total amount collected in:

 

 

GMBATU TGWU  UNISON  UNITE       
        (AMICUS)    TOTAL COLLECTED
             
  £ £ £ £ £
2011 - 12 2,666.58 659.08 140,992.01 5,406.02   149,723.69
2012 - 13 2,672.15 1,079.12 155,605.16 4,862.54   164,218.97
             

 Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust does not charge for this facility.

 

If you are dissatisfied with the way your request has been handled by the
Trust or you have other concerns, you have the right to appeal and request
a review of our decision, you should write to:  Information Governance
Department, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, Headquarters, 225 Old
Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, OL6 7SR.

 

If following your review, you remain dissatisfied with the outcome of your
appeal, you may apply directly to the Information Commissioner's Officer
(ICO) for a decision. Generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless you
have exhausted the appeals procedure provided by Pennine Care NHS
Foundation Trust.

 

The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: The Information
Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF.

 

Many thanks,

 

Shavarnah Purves
Information Governance Assistant
Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
225 Old Street
Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 7SR
 
Telephone: 0161 716 3146
Email: [2][email address]
Fax: 0161 716 3389
Website: [3]www.penninecare.nhs.uk 

 

 

 

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