Glossary of Terms

REFERRAL PROCEDURE
In NASUWT, the local/regional arrangements for handing on a problem to somebody more senior in the Union structure.

REPRESENTATIVE
In trade unions, a person elected by fellow members to speak and act on their behalf. Representatives must express the views of those they represent, which may not be their own views. (See ‘Delegate’.)

TEACHING TODAY
The NASUWT magazine published five times a year and sent to every member’s home address.

TRADE UNION ACTIVITIES
Processes, usually concerned with the internal workings of a trade union, for which trade union members may be granted time off work without pay.

TRADE UNION DUTIES
Processes concerned with preparing for or engaging in negotiation or consultation with an employer, representing members in dealings with an employer or training in such matters.  Representatives of recognised trade unions have a right to time off work with pay to perform such duties.

TRADE UNION FACILITIES
Assistance given to trade union representatives by employers to enable them to carry out their functions. Could include such things as access to a notice-board or private use of a telephone in addition to time off work with pay.

TUC
The Trades Union Congress. The single national centre for British trade unions. Consists of affiliated trade unions.

TUC AFFILIATED
The trade unions which have decided to join with others in the TUC to form a national trade union centre.

UCAC
A TUC-affiliated trade union representing some teachers in Wales.

UNISON
A TUC-affiliated trade union representing manual, administrative, technical and support staff employees in some schools.

WAIVER CLAUSE
A now illegal facility in employment law, a clause in a contract whereby an employee agrees to surrender his/her employment rights (e.g. a right to redundancy pay).

WRITTEN WARNING
A serious sanction available to employers when taking disciplinary action against an employee. A ‘Final Written Warning’ is the penultimate sanction to dismissal.