Union reps represent the best of the trade union movement. Each and every day, in thousands of workplaces, our reps provide individual and collective support to their colleagues on a range of issues.

They provide advice and guidance on employment rights and other terms and conditions; they represent members in disciplinary and grievance cases; they make workplaces safer; they provide opportunities for learning and skills development; they are advocates for equality.

To perform their duties and activities effectively reps need fair and reasonable paid time off and other facilities.  

A series of reforms and restrictions to facility time allocations in the public sector, culminated in the Trade Union Bill which passed into law in the spring of 2016.

To support reps, the TUC has produced a guide to provide union reps with a comprehensive guide about facility time. As well as covering the implications of the Trade Union Bill it includes guidance on the ACAS Code of Practice on Paid Time Off, the legal status of reps, the implications of the Trade Union Act, how to make the case for facility time and how to use it effectively to build strong workplace unions.

Find the latest guidance for union reps below. For practical advice for reps on issues encountered at work please visit our reps guidance page.