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Trade Union Pooled Funding
Dudley operates “pooled” funding arrangements for union facilities time. Branch Secretaries are elected and released from their substantive role for all or a proportion of their contracted hours in order to perform union duties to those schools who "buy back" and the pooled funding is used to back fill their release time.
Below are some examples of the benefits attached to these arrangements:
Where schools / academies buy into both the HR Traded Service and the pooled arrangements they can adopt model policies that have been negotiated and agreed or consulted upon with all unions. In the absence of pooled arrangements, schools / academies would need to undertake this consultation and/or negotiation at local level with each union that has members in the establishment. Schools / academies would need to elect representatives of each union locally, giving rise to duplication in discussions of this kind and the possibility of an overall or collective increase in expenditure on facilities time.
It is recognised that schools and academies have varying levels of autonomy to act individually in relation to employment matters according to their status and/or style and approach. However, where consistency is appropriate, this is enhanced through “pooled” arrangements, particularly where the Council is the ultimate employer. This can also avoid local disputes for schools and academies where the Governing Body is the employer.
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