Civil service union reps to face new curbs over activities

Trade union representatives in the Civil Service are to face new curbs on the amount of time they can devote to union activities during work hours.

Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude will use the Conservative Party conference next week in Birmingham to unveil plans to restrict civil servants from spending more than half their paid time on union work.

The Government is also set to impose a cap on the proportion of the Whitehall pay bill which can spent on union representation.

According to ministers, 0.26% of the total pay bill goes on union representation, but under the new plans a maximum of 0.1% will be imposed on each government department.