Trade Union Facility Time

1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020

Total number of employees who are relevant union officials during 2019/20 financial year: 


Percentage   Number
0% 33
1-50% 12
51-99% 1
100%  0

Names of all trade unions represented in the local authority: 

FBU (Fire Brigades Union)

UNISON (UK’s biggest public service union)

FRSA (Fire and Rescue Services Association) formerly RFU (Retained Firefighters Union)

FOA (Fire Officers Association). 

A basic estimate of spending on union representatives undertaking official union duties in RBFRS: 

£49,292.00 (between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2020) 

A basic estimate of spending on unions: 

Other than time allowed for Union activity there are no other direct associated costs. 

Percentage of the total pay bill spent on facility time:

Less than 0.17% (between April 2019 and March 2020).


Time spent on paid trade union activities as a percentage of total paid facility time hours. (This figure represents the paid hours undertaken by FBU members as a percentage of the hours paid to union officials). Based on each branch having 4 meetings of 30 minutes with attendees being on duty).