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Trade Unions

Volume 506: debated on Friday 5 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many days staff of his Department and its agencies spent on trade union activity in the latest year for which figures are available; and what recent estimate he has made of the annual cost to the public purse of such activity. (320665)

The Ministry of Defence makes certain facilities available to civilian employees who are accredited representatives or members, but not paid officials, of Trade Unions and Staff Associations recognised by the Department.

Special Paid Leave or Unpaid leave may be given to accredited Trade Union (TU) representatives, for the following TU Activities, which are specifically concerned with TU policy:

Attendance at a conference of a MOD recognised TU, whether as a delegate or trainee delegate;

Representing a MOD TU on external bodies, relevant to employment in the Civil Service e.g. at TUC meetings;

Duty as organiser or treasurer.

Members of a recognised TU, who are not elected representatives, may be allowed reasonable time off, Special Paid Leave, for the following TU activities:

a conference of a recognised MOD TU, whether as a delegate or as a trainee delegate;

TU meetings at which branches consider the proposed resolutions for annual conferences;

branch committee meetings as a committee member who is not an accredited representative; and

representing the TU on external bodies relevant to employment in the Civil Service e.g. at TUC meetings.

The information regarding the amount of days MOD employees spend on TU activity, and its cost, is not held centrally, and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.