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Royal wedding pay terms to be decided locally


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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Readers' comments (6)

  • Why the asking to be paid what everyone on an AFc contract is entitled to? Terms and conditions clearly state if a day is public holiday then it attracts the enhanced rates of pay and time in lieu. If denied it constitutes reason for industrial action.

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  • I did not realise that the trusts could overrule a national holiday. Maybe we should get them to employ Oliver Cromwell so they can cancel Christmas next?

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  • Unfortunately AFC does not state that staff are entitled to Bank Holidays, it states that we are entitiled to '8' Bank Holidays.
    Nobody is planning to overrule national recognised holidays but the royal wedding this year and then the Queen's jubilee next year are extras that we are not normally entitled to year on year.
    I can see the dilema of the budget holders but I would like to sit at home and watch the spectical with my kids too.

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  • Anonymous | 28-Feb-2011 9:40 am:
    few staff work all of the bank holidays though, if any. If you have worked all 8 bank holidays already (or plan to) then you would be entitled to all extra time, pay and time in lieu, for working that extra day, worked over and above the time in lieu you already have included in your wage.
    terms and conditions AFc.

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  • Anonymous 28-Feb 6.37 pm, AfC only applies to 8 bank holidays, the 9th bank holiday is subject to normal employment law, which means that you do not have to be paid at a premium rate neither do you have to have a day off in lieu.

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  • Anonymous | 3-Mar-2011 1:36 pm:
    not if its called a bank or public holiday - according to union advice

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