Our school uses a range of trade unions to support staff. Each union has a representative in school.
For many years employers have funded time off for trade union duties for school employees who are trade union representatives.
Trade union representatives carry out a range of complex and demanding activities such as advice, representation and negotiation. Funding for time off allows representatives to attend meetings during the working day. Without it, meetings involving trade union representatives – disciplinary, grievance, ill health and capability meetings, formal or informal, and consultation meetings on changes to working arrangements – would be much more difficult to arrange. Meetings would usually have to take place in the evening or at weekends, affecting everyone involved.
The majority of our teaching staff are in the NEU and the school rep is Mrs Sandy Thomas. She has taken no time off yet this year to fulfill her union duties.
The majority of our support staff are in Unison.