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Departments: Trade Unions

Volume 465: debated on Thursday 25 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 13 June 2007, Official Report, column 1080W, on Departments: trade unions, what other projects implemented by domestic trade unions his Department has funded in the last period for which figures are available. (147928)

Since 1997 the Government have had three strategic funds to encourage better industrial relations and increase modern working practices. The Partnership at Work Fund and the Strategic Partnership Fund were available to both companies and unions.

The following tables give (a) the commitments to unions under the Partnership at Work Fund and, (b) actual payments to unions under the Strategic Partnership Fund and the Union Modernisation Fund.

(a) Funds committed to unions 2000-03

Union

Year in which commitment made

Amount given (£)

Fund

AEEU

2000

49,912

Partnership Fund1

Unison

2000

32,500

Partnership Fund

Community and Youth Workers Union

2000

50,000

Partnership Fund

Unison

2000

13,440

Partnership Fund

TUC

2000

14,450

Partnership Fund

TUC

2000

24,300

Partnership Fund

Scottish TUC

2000

37,575

Partnership Fund

MSF

2000

20,000

Partnership Fund

Royal College of Midwives

2000

34,000

Partnership Fund

MSF

2000

30,000

Partnership Fund

MSF

2000

26,405

Partnership Fund

Unison

2000

50,000

Partnership Fund

TGWU

2001

50,000

Partnership Fund

Unison

2001

14,000

Partnership Fund

Numast

2002

36,800

Partnership Fund

Amicus

2002

47,360

Partnership Fund

TUC

2002

43,015

Partnership Fund

TGWU

2002

42,276

Partnership Fund

Royal College of Nursing

2002

18,650

Partnership Fund

Unison

2003

50,000

Partnership Fund

1 The Partnership at Work Fund was a Government grant scheme established by the DTI created in 1999 to encourage the development of industrial relations by encouraging employers and employees to work together effectively. The Partnership at Work Fund supported partnership projects within individual organisations. The fund is now closed.

(b) Funds paid to unions

Union

Amount (£)

Fund

Year ended 31 March 2005

TUC

26,472

Strategic Partnership Fund1

GPMU

3,880

Strategic Partnership Fund

GMB

96,871

Strategic Partnership Fund

Amicus

37,592

Strategic Partnership Fund

TUC

12,544

Strategic Partnership Fund

UCATT

61,045

Strategic Partnership Fund

Year ended 31 March 2006

TUC

21,512

Strategic Partnership Fund

GMB

108,000

Strategic Partnership Fund

Amicus

261,381

Strategic Partnership Fund

TUC

34,270

Strategic Partnership Fund

UCATT

69,898

Strategic Partnership Fund

Year ended 31 March 2007

GMB

15,000

Strategic Partnership Fund

TUC

68,000

Strategic Partnership Fund

UCATT

4,443

Strategic Partnership Fund

GMB

23,340.53

Union Modernisation Fund2

Wales TUC

12,252.64

Union Modernisation Fund

National Union of Teachers

7,377.84

Union Modernisation Fund

Royal College of Midwives

43,329.35

Union Modernisation Fund

Union of Finance Staff

7,083.30

Union Modernisation Fund

United Road Transport Union

24,330.00

Union Modernisation Fund

Community and District Nursing Association

8,125.65

Union Modernisation Fund

British Dental Association

6,047.75

Union Modernisation Fund

Connect

28,647.63

Union Modernisation Fund

USDAW

104,011.73

Union Modernisation Fund

National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers

32,489.00

Union Modernisation Fund

National Union of Journalists

11,475.34

Union Modernisation Fund

ASLEF

13,232.25

Union Modernisation Fund

General Federation of Trade Unions

23,284.48

Union Modernisation Fund

Portman Group Staff Association

6,070.70

Union Modernisation Fund

1 Strategic Partnership projects reach out beyond single company projects to assess sectoral and regional issues.

2 The Union Modernisation Fund provides financial assistance to independent trade unions and their federations in support of innovative projects, which contribute to, or explore the potential for transformational change in the organisational effectiveness of efficiency of a union or unions, in the light of the changing needs, aspirations and behaviour of workers and employers in the changing UK Labour market.