Pay rates for the royal wedding bank holiday will be decided locally by trusts and union representatives, following the collapse of a national solution.
NHS Employers had proposed that anyone working on 29 April would receive a day off in lieu, while everyone else would have a day’s paid annual leave. But unions rejected the deal, arguing that staff working on the day should receive overtime payments.
An NHS Employers spokesman said: “Individual NHS organisations will now have to decide pay rates for the bank holiday at local level, and trade unions will need to enter into local pay bargaining.”
“The NHS is facing a very challenging financial climate and employers are looking for arrangements which help them meet that challenge while also protecting jobs and continuity of services for patients.
“In that light, the NHS Employers organisation is disappointed that almost all the health trade unions have not accepted this fair proposal for the royal wedding bank holiday.”
The union Unison condemned the “hard line attitude” of NHS Empoyers in denying bank holiday pay rates to nurses and staff working on the royal wedding day, calling it “mean spirited and petty”.
Unison senior national officer for health Mike Jackson said: “The governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and now some hospital trusts in England, have agreed to pay staff at bank holiday rates. We expect fairness across the whole of the NHS.
“NHS Employers are further hitting morale at a time when there is not much for staff to celebrate. They face a two-year pay freeze as well as swingeing job cuts – it is not much to ask that they be paid what they are entitled to.”
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