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22 September 1999

Time off for trade union duties - an LRD guide
Employee representatives are the heart and soul of the trade union movement. Representatives need time off to carry out their responsibilities effectively and efficiently - whether they are representing individual members or negotiating with employers - and so need to know their legal rights to take time off to perform their trade union duties and get the necessary training to do the job well.

LRD's latest booklet is a comprehensive guide to this important area of law. It covers rights to time off both for union reps in workplaces where there is union recognition as well as for those in workplaces where recognition has yet to be won. It tackles subjects such as establishing an agreement to time off, giving adequate notice, what a rep is entitled to take time off for, what constitutes a "reasonable" amount of time off and the amount that reps should be paid for time off. The booklet also includes two short sections covering protection against victimisation by employers and time off rights for other reps such as safety representatives.

Notes to editors

Time off for trade union duties - an LRD guide is published by the Labour Research Department, 78 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8HF, price ?2.75 or ?10 for non-labour movement bodies.
LRD Booklets are also available on subscription at an annual cost of ?25.75 (?65.90 for non-labour movement bodies). LRD publishes 10-11 booklets a year.
The Labour Research Department is an independent trade union and labour movement organisation founded over 80 years ago. More than 2,000 trade union organisations, including 54 national unions, representing 99% of total TUC membership are affiliated.
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