UNISON has recently raised the issue of how unsocial hours enhancements are paid during periods of annual leave with your employer, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust.
Your Agenda for Change terms and conditions state that when a member of staff takes annual leave, they should be paid unsocial hours enhancements based on their working pattern over the previous 13 weeks. However, we have evidence that this has not been put in practice consistently in all areas of the Trust, which means that many staff may be losing out on pay which they are contractually entitled to.
Due to it being impossible for Pennine Care to work out the exact figures involved for each member of staff and calculate annual leave payments on the basis of the 13 week rule, your employer have put forward proposals to us and other staff side unions to pay a 12.5% enhancement to staff’s unsocial hours payments throughout the year to make up for the shortfall. Staff would be paid their basic rate of pay during periods of annual leave, but the intention is that this would be offset by the value of the enhancements paid throughout the year – e.g an additional 12.5% added to the value of all unsocial hours payments made.
Our evidence suggests that these proposals represent a significant improvement, and that the vast majority of staff would be financially better off if they were to be put in place. However we’re keen to know what our members think before we negotiate any agreement.
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