These are set out in the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) code of practice on time off for trade union duties and activities.

The NEU is recognised in the vast majority of schools and colleges, including all maintained schools and sixth-form colleges, the majority of academy schools and FE colleges and many independent schools.

If our union is recognised by your employer, you are entitled to:

  • statutory paid time off for union duties and training.
  • approach non-members about joining.
  • somewhere to display NEU materials.
  • reasonable use of facilities, such as email, telephone and a photocopier.
  • use of a room for meetings.

You have the right to access documentation affecting members including job descriptions, staffing structures, pay and conditions of service documents, and local employment policies.

Your branch or district secretary can give you details about how to implement these rights in your workplace and how you can claim back any expenses you may incur.

Workplace representatives' guide

NEU's guide to being a workplace representative