ATTACKS ON FACILITY TIME AND SUPPORT TO BRANCHES

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Conference
2014 Local Government Service Group Conference
Date
1 January 2014
Decision
Carried

Conference notes with concern the continuing threat to facility time to Local Government Branches. Such Branches now work with a plethora of employers and are dealing with the consequences of huge and unprecedented cuts to local government funding.

Conference notes that a motion on Branch facility time was passed at National Local Government Service Group Conference in 2013. This motion called for “…working with Regional Local Government Service Group Committees to develop practical and immediate support measures for branches facing cuts to facility time”.

However, no progress on what these practical and immediate support measures will be has been reported. Less still have these practical and immediate support measures been made available to Branches whose facility time has been cut or is in the process of being cut.

Conference calls on the Service Group Executive to urgently clarify what work has been undertaken, is being considered, or is planned to provide practical and immediate support measures to Branches whose facility time has been or is in the process of being cut.

Conference calls upon the Service Group Executive to:

1) Clarify what work has been undertaken, is being considered, or is planned to provide practical and immediate support measures to Branches whose facility time has been cut or is in the process of being cut;

2) Share good practice examples from branches who have defended facility time or have acceptable arrangements for facility time;

3) Issue guidance to branches on how to defend and improve facility time in current circumstances;

4) Work with UNISON Labour Link to develop model agreements to allow for UNISON representatives employed by Labour local authorities to use facility time to support employees of providers of public services other than the local authority;

5) Call upon the National Executive Council to campaign for changes to the law to facilitate lay UNISON representatives using facility time to represent employees of other employers.