- Where a representative wishes to spend more than 50 per cent of their time on union work, this will need to be agreed by their Secretary of State or Chief Executive and will be limited to no more than three years.
- Any representative who has spent 100 per cent of their time on union work for at least three years will be able to continue to do so for one more year.
- The default position will be that paid time off work is not granted for trade union activities. Departments wishing to provide paid time off will need authorisation from the Secretary of State or Chief Executive.
- Quarterly reports and accounts detailing budget expenditure will need to be provided to the Cabinet by Government departments.
- In-house guidance on best practice, and how and when to devote time to trade union work will be made available to line managers and union representatives.
- A guidance figure for the proportion of the paybill spent on facility time will be introduced, of no more than 0.1 per cent of each department’s pay bill, to include all facility time, time off for Health and Safety representatives and time off for Union Learning representatives. Authorisation from the Secretary of State will have to be sought for any spend over this figure.
These changes are said to result in savings of approximately £15 million a year.
Unsurprisingly, Mark Serwotka, the general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS), has stated that the PCS intends to resist the implementation as he sees the changes as part of a "sustained and calculated plan to shift the balance of power even further away from employees to employers".