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WENTWoRTH and Dearne MP John Healey has attacked government plans to end paid time off for union representatives in the public sector.

The Wath-based Labour politician made his point in Parliament while Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, was taking questions.

Mr Healey said: “These are the unsung heroes of Britain’s volunteering tradition, the workplace wing of the Prime Minister’s big society.

“They save employers and the Exchequer millions of pounds by cutting the number of tribunal cases, cutting the number of days lost through illness and improving the take-up of training.”