Trade Union Funding

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Dear sirs,

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

Rob Cormie, Green Investment Group

Dear Alex,

 

Many thanks for your enquiry. I have set out answers to each of your
questions below.

 

By way of overview, no members of staff have informed us of their
membership of a Trade Union and, as such, we've had no requests for time
off or for use of facilities like deductions from salary. We would, of
course, seek to accommodate any such request.

 

Kind regards

 

Rob

 

Rob Cormie

Group Operations Director
UK Green Investment Bank plc |  Exchange Place 2 | 5 Semple Street |
Edinburgh | EH3 8BL | Tel: 0330 123 3024 | [mobile number] | Email:
[email address]

 

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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.

 

GIB came into formal operation in October 2012. Since then we have made no
direct payments to Trade 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.

 

No member of staff has requested time off to work on Trade Union duties or
activities.

 

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.

 

See above.

 

3.

 

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

 

This facility is available but no member of staff has requested to use it.

 

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

 

See above.

 

ii) 2012-13

 

See above.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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