Facilities Time and Surrey UCU

Dear Members,
Some of you may be aware of changes that have arisen in accordance with the recent Trade Union Act, in particular the reporting of Facilities Time.
Facility time is time off from an individual’s job, granted by the employer, to enable a workplace representative to carry out their trade union role.  It can also mean an employer allows a rep to carry out trade union duties and activities, instead of their substantive job, for a certain amount of time per week or month. As a rep you are entitled to reasonable paid time off and facilities to undertake union duties and attend Union training.
Currently, our committee does not take its full allowance of Facilities Time, officers choosing instead to volunteer their time. The committee works very hard to cover all areas that effect UCU members, including revising policies and procedures, attending JNCC meetings with the University Senior Management, as well as attending policy sub-groups. The committee also advises many members simultaneously as well as representing members at meetings.
If you were able to volunteer as a committee member in the future, please do remember that Facilities Time would be available to you, and we would be happy for you to use it. 
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
Kind regards
Branch Administrator