Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Union learning reps’ role needs clarityOn 1 Mar 2003 in Personnel Today Employers are calling for clearer guidance on the role of union learningrepresentatives, who are to be given statutory powers to promote workplacelearning later this year. Treasury minister John Healey announced £20m funding would be provided forthe representatives, saying they would be vital to improving skills in theworkforce. The proposals are to be implemented under the Employment Act 2002. But employers warn that lack of clarity and detail will make it difficultfor them to work out how the reps will fit into organisations’ existingtraining structures. “The legislation does not tell you much about whether they couldcommission training or require staff to attend,” said Robbie Gilbert,chief executive of the Employers’ Forum on Statute and Practice. “We need more clarity because employers are puzzled about the role ofthese reps.” The remit of the ULRs is outlined in an Acas code. But Gilbert and otherssay the code should be more detailed. Anne Lindsay, CBI senior policy adviser on learning and skills, said:”Further guidance is needed if this is to lead to more productiveworkplaces.” The DTI is considering changes to the Acas code.