On the day that the consultation into union-leeches is launched, Unison have put out a report about facilities time. In a complete shock the union-funded research has found that unions taking money off the taxpayer can only be a good thing. Needless to say it’s full of holes, but nice of them to show their hand…
Dave Prentis’ cronies are arguing that union bods in the workplace save money. This is fundamentally dishonest as it only takes into account one side of the picture. For every full-time pilgrim teacher, nurse or back-room pen-pusher that takes time off, the taxpayer has to pick up the tab twice by paying someone else to cover for them. For full-time pilgrims, the state ends up paying double the staffing costs.
This is not factored in to Unison’s hearsay case-study puff piece.
The consultation does not seek to end union officials being given time off, but the real question that needs to be addressed is why they should be paid out of public money when they are not on the job? Union members pay membership fees, the cost of pilgrims should be met from that.
It’s very simple.
UPDATE: It seems it is pilgrim day today. Cabinet Office sources are making all sorts of new information available this afternoon:
- In one Whitehall department a staggering 2,660 Civil Servants were doing trade union work during their paid hours, including 563 trade union representatives working on Health & Safety, and another 387 on Skills and Learning.
- A prison service official who worked 100% on trade union work was “promoted twice whilst in their trade union role, up to Grade 7 level” which can confer a salary of up to £61,038.
- In contrast another 100% trade union representative in a different department earned less than £20,000.
- In one department TU officials make up 4% of the overall workforce or 1 in 25 people.
- One department admitted that “no formal allocations [had been] made or central records kept” of the amount of time spent by representatives on some union activity, while another confessed that “no central monitoring takes place”.
- Only one department reported that they asked each representative “to apply to, and get the sign off from, the line manager in advance for the time they require” to take off – insisting that “reasonable notice (usually min 10 days)” must be given.
- Several departments reported that they held “no central record” of the numbers of representatives working on Health & Safety or Skills & Learning.
Overall there are a staggering 10,000 civil servants doing trade union work during paid hours, that’s 1 in 40 of the total civil service workforce. Unbelievable…
TURC welcomes this morning's Cabinet Office consultation launch on facility time. Preparing our submission.—
Trade Union Reform (@TURCPress) July 13, 2012