In our case non of our direct employees are paid as trade union representatives, which is why the majority of the figures provided above are 0.
Instead, the MAT has entered into a Service Level Agreement with the Local Authority which means that we are able to use the various trade union representatives that are employed by the Local Authority, when required. The current cost of this SLA is £9,278 per year which allows unlimited access to representation for all staff in all of our Trust’s individual schools.
The cost of this SLA is the equivalent of 0.05% of our total pay bill.
This means that our staff have easy access to a trained and experienced local trade union representative should this be needed. As an employer we use these local trade union representatives for consultation and negotiation purposes as required.
In addition, each school has its own informal arrangements for working with individual school representatives on individual school specific issues; but such staff are not accorded paid time off for official trade union duties.
The number of employees whose employee benefits (excluding employer pension costs) exceed £100,000