Health work­ers’ anger at back­pay

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen) - - NEWS - BY NICK HUMPHREYS

Hospi­tal staff have claimed they have been left in the dark over a dead­line for claim­ing back­dated hol­i­day pay.

The P&J pre­vi­ously re­vealed that nurses in the north and north-east could be owed mil­lions af­ter it was found that health boards in Grampian, High­land, Orkney and Shet­land are lag­ging be­hind oth­ers in re­solv­ing a pay­roll back­log.

NHS Grampian has set a dead­line of De­cem­ber 31 for claims for back pay be­tween 2008 and 2014. But some mem­bers of staff in­sist they have not been in­formed prop­erly, which the health board dis­putes.

One worker claimed she had only found out by chance about the dead­line, and in­sists col­leagues she shared the in­for­ma­tion with also had no idea about it.

She said: “It’s bad enough that we are ex­pected to fill in forms and have to go to such an ef­fort to get money that we are owed.”

A spokesman for the health board said: “NHS Grampian has agreed ap­pro­pri­ate pro­cesses and a phased im­ple­men­ta­tion plan with our trade unions and pro­fes­sional or­gan­i­sa­tions to iden­tify staff who may have been en­ti­tled to his­toric pay­ments. We have also sought to raise aware­ness of the pro­cesses through a num­ber of com­mu­ni­ca­tion meth­ods, for ex­am­ple a ded­i­cated in­tranet page and an or­gan­i­sa­tional wide no­ti­fi­ca­tion ear­lier this year through e-mail. The phased im­ple­men­ta­tion plan does con­tain dead­lines which dif­fer de­pend­ing on the area of work.”

“NHS Grampian has agreed ap­pro­pri­ate pro­cesses”

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