Diamond Jubilee bank holiday pay snub for NHS staff
WORKERS at Staffordshire's biggest hospital face another bank holiday without being given extra pay.
Thousands of staff members at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire (UHNS) missed out on extra time during the royal wedding last year.
And now they face normal flat-rate wages when the Queen's Diamond Jubilee is celebrated tomorrow.
Staff at Stafford Hospital and Leighton Hospital, in Crewe, are in the same situation.
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However, police officers in both Staffordshire and Cheshire forces will pick up extra time, and those in Staffordshire will get an extra day off too.
Tuesday has been officially declared a bank holiday but whether employees of any organisation benefit from the additional day is dependent on the wording of their contract, and the discretion of their employer.
A UHNS spokesman said: "We will continue to provide clinical services as normal on Tuesday to ensure that patient care is not disrupted.
"All staff will, of course, be granted an extra day's leave.
"Staff can choose to take this day on Tuesday, subject to the need to maintain clinical services, or they can take this leave at another time."
Workers at Stafford Hospital will be given time of in lieu if they have to work on Tuesday, but will not be given any extra pay.
A spokesman for Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (MCHFT), which manages Leighton, said: "Along with many other Trusts across the country, MCHFT will be following guidance issued by NHS employers and allowing the majority of its employees to take an additional day off.
"Staff who are required to work on Tuesday will be paid at normal rate and will be entitled to a day off in lieu."
Officers working for Staffordshire Police will get their normal bank holiday rate, as well as an extra day off.
Cheshire Police employees working on Tuesday will get double time but no extra day off.
Councils, meanwhile, have various policies.
Councillor Ian Parry, Staffordshire County Council's cabinet member for finance and transformation said: "Employees expected to work on the extra bank holiday receive pay and time off in lieu set down by the National Joint Council for Local Government Services in a nationwide agreement on pay and conditions that the county council is legally bound to follow.
"Staff working over this bank holiday will therefore be entitled to double time plus time off in lieu."
Newcastle Borough Council has said employees working on Tuesday will get their regular bank holiday rate.
Staff at Cheshire East Council on Monday to Friday contracts who work on Tuesday will get time-and-a-half and a lieu day.