Section 27(1) of the Employment Protection (Consolidation) Act gives officials of recognised independent trade unions the right to time off with pay during their working hours to carry out their union duties and to undergo training. According to the Industrial Tribunal in Davies and Alderton v Head Wrightson Teesdale Ltd, the reference to the employee's "working hours" in s.27(1) means that a union official is entitled to be paid for time taken in accordance with this provision only in respect of time which, in accordance with his contract of employment, he would otherwise be required to be at work.
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