POLICY ON PARTNERSHIP WORKING AND RECOGNITION AGREEMENT Prepared by:
Responsible Area: Approval Information:
Human Resources/Organisational Development Date Approved: 2nd October 2006 COMMITTEE:Trust Board Approved By:
Version No. Approved: Review Date:
Reference to Standards for Better Health Domain Core/Development standard Performance indicators
Example : Department of Health 2004 Standards for Better Health First domain Safety Fourth domain Patient focused Seventh domain Public Health Department of Health 2004 Example: Core Standard C4 C13B C24 1. 2.
(Key measure(s) to demonstrate policy, protocol or guideline is working (minimum 1, maximum 3)
KIRKLEES PRIMARY CARE TRUST
Policy on Partnership Working
POLICY ON PARTNERSHIP WORKING 1.
It is the policy of the Kirklees Primary Care Trusts that partnership working with employees and their representatives will be of benefit to both the organisations and services provided. The Kirklees Primary Care Trust therefore supports partnership working with accredited trade union reps within the PCT. The PCT recognises that it is to the mutual benefit of the PCT for its employees to be represented by trade unions and therefore recognises the staff organisations as representing and having sole bargaining rights in respect of their members who are employed by the Kirklees Primary Care Trust.
It is the policy of the PCT that they will agree a list of organisations who are recognised for negotiation and consultation within the organisation. It is the policy of the PCT that they will not negotiate with unions/staff organisations who are not listed in this formal agreement. The PCT are open however to recognising further unions and staff organisations who are not included on the current list however it is the responsibility of an accredited representative or trades to inform the Head of Human Resources if their organisation is not listed and they have members within the organisation.
This policy should be read in conjunction with the PCTâ€™s recognition agreement which formally states the organisations recognised for negotiation and consultation.
This policy should also be read in conjunction with the policy and agreement regarding facilities and time off for recognised representatives of staff organisations.
The PCT recognises the significant role that the representatives play, it is therefore the policy of the PCT that they will make provision for appropriate facilities to enable such accredited representatives to carry out their duties and responsibilities effectively.
It is the policy of the PCT that this agreement will apply to both trade union and health and safety representatives.
This policy should be read in conjunction with the agreement regarding facilities and time off.
REVIEW OF POLICY
This policy will be reviewed within 3 years of the implementation.
KIRKLEES PRIMARY CARE TRUST
1 RECOGNITION The following organisations are recognised by the PCT for negotiation and consultation: AMICUS (including EETPU & CPHVA) British Dental Association (BDA) British Dietetic Association (BDA) British Medical Association (BMA) Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP) Community and District Nurses Association (CDNA) Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists (SOCP) UNISON (including British Association of Occupational Therapists BAOT) (known hereinafter as ‘unions’)
2 GENERAL PRINCIPLES 2.1
The PCT and recognised staff organisations share a common objective in ensuring the efficiency and success of the PCT for the benefit of all.
Both sides recognise that their pursuit of this common objective under this recognition agreement shall be by: ♦ Communication: keeping each side fully informed of all relevant matters through the exchange of information ♦ Consultation: providing an opportunity to raise and influence decisions and the application of policies. ♦ Negotiation: for the purposes of reaching agreement and avoiding disputes and finding common solutions. ♦ Partnerships: developing trust in an open and honest environment by being adaptable, flexible and responsive.
The unions recognise management’s responsibility to plan, organise and manage the activities of the PCT according to the service and business objectives of the PCT.
The PCT recognises the staff organisationsâ€™ responsibility to represent the interests of their members, according to the unionâ€™s policies, for the employees covered by this agreement.
The staff organisations accept that management have a responsibility to communicate directly with employees on matters concerning the activities of the PCT. The communication may be direct communication, via the manager, or may be through normal channels of communication, e.g. team briefing, newsletters or PCT talks. This does not obviate the requirement under this agreement to negotiate and consult through the recognised machinery on matters covered by this agreement.
The PCT and the unions recognise their independence and agree that matters affecting their interests shall be considered jointly both by consultation and negotiation as provided for in this agreement.
The PCT recognises the right of employees to belong to a union/staff organisation, however this is not a condition of employment.
Accredited representatives should normally be employees of the PCT.
Staff organisations must have membership of the relevant employee group in the PCT to retain recognition. Staff organisations agree to provide annual information to the PCT on membership numbers or as required.
REPRESENTATION AND FACILITIES The PCT agrees to recognise the accredited local representative(s) and full time officials of the unions covered by this agreement. 3.1.
The PCT shall provide time off and other facilities for recognised staff organisations for the purpose of joint consultation and negotiation.
The PCT accepts its legal obligation to disclose reasonable and relevant information needed for the purpose of collective bargaining. The PCT will operate the provisions of the relevant ACAS Code of Practice.
The PCT has an Agreement Regarding Facilities and Time Off for Recognised Representatives of Staff Organisations.
CONCERNS Any concerns about the terms of this policy or its application should be addressed through the PCT Partnership Forum.
REVIEW OF AGREEMENT This agreement will be reviewed within 3 years following approval.