is a special category of trade union representative whose role is to identify the training needs of union members and arrange for these to be met by training providers. They may also be consulted by employers over the development of company training and development policies and in some cases, negotiate collective agreements on training. The Employment Act 2002 provided a degree of statutory support for ULRs, in the form of paid time-off work to undertake a training needs analysis and undergo training relevant to their role. The government hopes to increase the number of ULRs to 22,000 by 2010 and sees an important role for them in developing basic skills amongst the workforce. ULRs are part of a larger group of ‘hyphenated reps’; that is, union representatives whose role is to discharge a particular function or deal with a particular issue on behalf of union members. Other examples are safety representatives, equality representatives, and most recently, environmental representatives.
Subjects: Human Resource Management.