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No extra pay for Royal Wedding bank holiday


Trusts have told unions they are not prepared to pay staff extra for working on the royal wedding bank holiday in April.

Normally, nurses could expect to receive 60% more pay than usual for working on a bank holiday. However, NHS Employers, which represents trusts in negotiations with unions, is proposing to pay staff at normal rates on 29 April.

The day has been declared a public holiday to celebrate the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton.

Following feedback from trusts, NHS Employers has told the NHS Staff Council there will be no national agreement to give additional payments at enhanced rates.

Instead, it has proposed that anyone working on 29 April will receive a day off in lieu, while everyone else will have a day’s paid annual leave.

Royal College of Nursing head of employment relations Josie Irwin said: “It’s declared a public holiday and therefore NHS staff required to work on the day should be paid the enhancements appropriate to a public holiday.

“Across the UK, people will be enjoying the day with their families - and that’s why the enhancements are paid, to compensate staff who are required to staff essential services.”

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Readers' comments (55)

  • Sounds like Christamas 2010 all over again. I worked Christmas day - a Saturday - and got my usual "time +30%". Those staff who were off on Christmas day and worked the Bank Holiday on the Monday (27th) got "time +60%". Hardly fair is it?

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  • its time they got their act together and everbody gets the same treatment

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  • I do not understand GB any more. I always thought I had been brought up in a free, fair and well organised country with good quality public services which we are paying for through taxes. What happened?
    We seem to be paying and getting poor service and those providing them are not being treated fairly.

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  • If they won't pay us, we shouldn't work it. Let's strike, maybe then they might realise nurses can't be pushed around!

    It would be nice to hear our unions backing our interests too. Come on unison and rcn, tell them this isn't on. We won't accept it!

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  • no pay, no work

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  • No surprises there then!

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  • Typical - but not acceptable. If it is an official Public Holiday then NHS staff should be paid accordingly. I bet everyone else will be in other organisations! No wonder we get so demoralised. C'mon NHS - do the right thing!

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  • how about the police force, ambulances and other essential services, how will they be treated in this - nurses should have the same conditions as other public servants

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  • I don't get our unions- why are there even discussions about these issues? This should have never even been open for debate!! Public Bank Holiday=Public Bank Holiday pay...FULL STOP!!! It really is as simple as that.

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  • In the current climate where there are recruitment freezes, cost of living increases being stopped and the spectre of redundancies and re-banding, why are you all complaining about whether or not you get paid for a bank holiday? It isn't even a proper bank holiday, it is 'declared' as such because some one is getting married. It won't be one next year. You already get 8 bank holidays per year - try working in e.g. retail and see what 'incentives' you get there. Stop the outraged sense of injured entitlement and consider yourselves lucky for firstly, having a job, secondly, getting any extra pay at all in the current climate and thirdly, stop bleating about how hard done to you are. It's only a faux bank holiday. Get over it.

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