Carl on Stronger Unions highlights that ACAS have published the new guide which is due to come into effect on 1st January. I haven't had a chance to read it properly yet, but this is a guide which every rep needs to be familiar with.
Apparently the update has more about time off for union duties when there are "performance related" pay systems, more about adjustments to workload, more about use of email and the internet, more on reps being able to communicate with members confidentially. It also covers more types of reps: Workplace, Learning, Pension, European Works Council (EWC) and national Information & Consultation of Employees (ICE).
We will all need to ensure our agreements are updated and treat this as a minimum, not a maximum.