Union publishes list of employers treating extra bank holiday as normal working day


More than 100 NHS employers in the UK are treating next Tuesday’s Diamond Jubilee as a normal working day – denying staff the normal Bank Holiday pay and time-off in lieu arrangements.

In a ‘name-and-shame’ exercise, Unite has revealed the names of 113 employers which are not properly recognising Tuesday’s celebrations as a Bank Holiday, as decreed by the government.

Unite reps have pinpointed a total of 113 employers which are not paying the nationally-agreed Agenda for Change pay rates; nor recognising the time-off in lieu arrangements.

Unite said that thousands of NHS employees will be hit by increased childcare costs on 5 June – and need the extra Bank Holiday payment to cover those costs.

The A-to-Z of ‘shame’ ranges from the Anuerin Bevan Health Board to the Yorkshire Ambulance Service.

Unite head of health Rachael Maskell said: “This snapshot survey reveals those employers that our members have told us about.

“We suspect that many more NHS employers in the UK are flouting the spirit and letter of the government’s decision to award 5 June as a Bank Holiday to mark The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

“We feel that the employers are behaving in a mean-spirited fashion in treating the Bank Holiday as a normal working day.

“Even at this eleventh hour, we call upon Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley and his counterparts in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to instruct employers to honour the long-established Bank Holiday arrangements.

“This is going to hit thousands of NHS staff who will be maintaining the smooth-running of the health service without any acknowledgement from their employers of this special day, while millions of others will be enjoying the occasion.

“Those working on Tuesday will have to pay increased childcare costs – so this additional payment over the Bank Holiday is neither a recruitment-and-retention ‘sweetener’, nor compensation for not being able to wave your Union Jack, but to compensate for the real additional costs for working that day.”

Unite surveyed its reps across the UK to discover which trusts would be regarding 5 June as a normal working day, with staff not being paid the public holiday rates.

The Department of Health’s advice to NHS employers in England is that it was up to local managers to make the decision about time-off and pay for the Diamond Jubilee. In Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, NHS employers have decreed that staff will be get an extra’s day holiday, but the pay will be at the normal rates.

Unite had written to The Queen on behalf of its 100,000 members in the health service on this issue.

The list is below: 5 Boroughs Partnership, Airedale NHS Foundation Trust , Alder Hey Children’s NHS Trust, Anuerin Bevan Health Board, Ashford & St Peters NHS Foundation Trust, AWP, Barnet Hospital, Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Barts Health NHS Trust, Betsi Cadwaladr University Local health Board – NHS Wales, Birmingham and Solihull mental health foundation trust , Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, Broxden Dental Centre, BTH, Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Trust, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Cardiff & Vale LHB, Cardiff and Vale university health board, Chorley Hospital Lancashire, Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust, Croydon Health NHS Trust, Cwm Taf Local Health Board, Dartford & Gravesham NHS Trust, Derby hospitals NHS foundation trust, Dudley Group Foundation trust, East Kent Hospitals University Foundation NHS Trust, Gloucestershire hospitals NHS  foundation trust, Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS trust, Harrogate district hospital NHS foundation trust, Hull & East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Hywel Dda Health Board, James Paget University NHS Trust, KGH foundation trust, Kings College Hospital NHS FT, King’s Mill Hospital, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Leeds Hospital Trust, Leeds Hospitals NHS trust, Leeds Teaching Hospitals, Lothian Health, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, Medway NHS, Merseycare NHS Trust, Mid Cheshire NHS Trust, Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust, Milton Keynes Community Health Services, NHS BORDERS , NHS Dumfries & Galloway, NHS Fife, NHS Grampian, NHS Highland, NHS Lanarkshire, NHS Lothian, NHS Tayside, NHS Western Isles, NIAS, Norfolk & Norwich University NHS Trust, North Bristol NHS Trust, NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE AND GOOLE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST, North Middlesex university NHS Trust, North West Ambulance Service, Northampton General Hospital, Northern Lincolnshire & Goole NHS Foundation Trust, North Staffs Combined Healthcare NHS Trust, NSCHT, NSS, Oxford Health NHS Trust, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, Pennine Acute NHS Hospitals Trust, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, POOLE NHS TRUST, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow, Public Health Wales NHS Trust, QEHBFT, Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, RCHT Treliske, Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Royal Berkshire Foundation Trust, Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust, ROYAL MARSDEN NHS FOUNDATION TRUST, Royal Shrewsbury hospital, Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust, Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust, Salisbury District NHS Foundation trust, Scarborough and North East Yorkshire Health Care NHS Trust, Scottish Ambulance Service, Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHSFT, Solent NHS, Somerset partnership, South Devon Healthcare Trust, South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation trust, South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, Sussex Community NHS Trust, Taunton & Somerset foundation Trust, The Christie NHSFT, The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, UHL, UHNS, UNITED LINCOLNSHIRE HOSPITALS NHS TRUST, University Hospitals Bristol, University Hospital of North Staffordshire, University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, Welsh Ambulance Service NHST, West London Mental Health Trust, Whittington Health, Wirral Hospitals (NHS) Foundation trust, Worcestershire acute hospitals NHS trust, Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, York Teaching Hospital NHS Trust, Yorkshire Ambulance Service


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