The issue of union facility time, where union reps are paid by the state to represent state workers has been coming to the fore in recent weeks, partly as a result of a campaign by the Guido Fawkes blog which labelled them as “Pligrims” after a particularly vexatious non-nursing nurse called Jane Pilgrim. The Sunday Telegraph had a leader and feature on the subject today.
In March this year I pointed out that the Pilgrim budget in Ealing was £250K. This is being trimmed next year by 20% unlike user services such as envirocrime officers and park rangers that were halved this year.
For my money an appropriate level for facility time is zero, ie all trade union representation is paid for out of union dues or done by volunteers.