28 July 2003
New guide to time off for trade union duties
What's the biggest reason employers give for refusing requests for time off for trade union duties - and is it lawful? Can your employer persistently use the reality of staff shortages to decline requests for time off? And what sort of special arrangements to time off for union duties should you consider negotiating for shift workers?
You can find out from LRD's latest trade union guide Time off for trade union duties and activities - a guide for workplace and learning reps. It covers everything you need to know on the law relating to time off, as well as providing examples of negotiated agreements.
Fully updated, it includes a section on the new rights for union learning reps who are now entitled to paid time off for their duties. And the booklet uses a new ACAS code of practice, issued in April 2003, to explain how your rights should be exercised.
It also draws on a unique new survey on time off - one of the many carried out each year by the LRD on a variety of topics on trade union concerns - using LRD's extensive database of UK reps and negotiators.
The survey was conducted earlier this year and is based on responses from reps in 157 workplaces covering over half a million workers. This means Time off for trade union duties and activities is able to provide examples of good practice in negotiated agreements.
Among the survey's main findings are that:
And it covers the differences between trade union duties that are paid, and trade union activities for which there's no right to payment, even though there may be a right to time off.
The booklet also provides essential information on:
Time off for trade union duties and activities is available from the Labour Research Department (LRD), 78 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8HF. LRD Booklets are also available on annual subscription for ?29.50 (?73.95 for employers/commercial organisations). LRD publishes between 10 and 11 booklets each year on a range of topics of interest to trade unionists.