Bank staff in Yorkshire NHS trust secure backpay, says UNISON

Flexible workers in an NHS trust covering South Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire have successfully secured seven months of backpay, says UNISON.

The ‘bank’ staff work a variety of shifts, often to help cover staff absence, but many have not received either of the two non-consolidated payments included in the NHS pay deal agreed earlier this year.

UNISON believes all NHS staff should receive the benefits of the pay deal, including those on a flexible contract.

Bank staff working at Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) received a pay increase under the deal, but not the one-off payments.

With the help of UNISON, staff had challenged the employer to pay these lump sums. 

The union lodged a claim with arbitration service Acas, which informed the union that the trust intended to settle. That means bank staff will receive the money in this month’s pay.

UNISON Yorkshire and Humberside regional organiser Sarah Brummitt said: “This is a brilliant outcome for NHS workers. There’s no reason why bank staff should miss out.

“It’s excellent news they’ll receive the money they’re owed in this month’s pay – a fantastic bit of news before Christmas.”

UNISON Doncaster District and Bassetlaw branch secretary Sue Statter said: “Staff will be delighted, and this shows the power of being in a union.

“This is the outcome everyone had hoped for.”

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