Hol­i­day pay row leaves staff short

West Lothian Courier - - News - Deb­bie Hall

union bosses have ac­cused West Loth­ian Coun­cil of leav­ing staff out of pocket in a row over hol­i­day pay.

unI­son West Loth­ian has writ­ten to coun­cil­lors ex­press­ing their anger, claim­ing the lo­cal au­thor­ity in­tends to vote on an al­ter­na­tive method of cal­cu­lat­ing hol­i­day pay, which could leave staff out of pocket.

How­ever the coun­cil is dis­put­ing th­ese claims, say­ing they are not con­sid­er­ing any al­ter­na­tive meth­ods of pay­ment.

unI­son has said that out of the 32 lo­cal au­thor­i­ties in scot­land, West Loth­ian is cur­rently one of only two coun­cils who has yet to adopt the hol­i­day pay cal­cu­la­tion guid­ance is­sued by CosLa in March 2015.

the pro­posed rate of 8.3 per cent would be a sig­nif­i­cant amount for staff who reg­u­larly work over­time and have shift al­lowance.

Branch sec­re­tary andy an­der­son said:“the coun­cil has been and con­tin­ues to be re­sis­tant to im­ple­ment­ing the ad­vice laid out by its own um­brella or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“the rea­sons for this are un­clear to us and our mem­bers.

“What is clear is that our mem­bers are los­ing out on money that could be spent on their fam­i­lies.

“West Loth­ian is one of the largest lo­cal au­thor­i­ties in scot­land. Yet, they refuse to adopt the hol­i­day pay rate al­ready in place with 30 other scot­tish lo­cal au­thor­i­ties.”

unI­son area or­gan­iser, John Mooney, said the union had waited two-and-a-half years for the coun­cil to im­ple­ment mea­sures for deal­ing with hol­i­day pay and is call­ing on coun­cil­lors to im­ple­ment the CosLa guide­lines with­out any fur­ther de­lay.

“We have writ­ten to coun­cil­lors urg­ing them to re­ject any pro­pos­als that do not re­flect the po­si­tion laid out by CosLa,” he said.

“unI­son West Loth­ian is com­mit­ted to hold­ing West Loth­ian Coun­cil ac­count­able for this and en­sur­ing that the mem­bers af­fected get what they are en­ti­tled to.”

Leader of West Loth­ian Coun­cil, Coun­cil­lor Lawrence Fitz­patrick, said the lo­cal au­thor­ity was deal­ing with the mat­ter and was not con­sid­er­ing al­ter­na­tive plans as stated by unI­son.

“We are cur­rently look­ing at how we will im­ple­ment the hol­i­day pay guid­ance is­sued by CosLa, he said.“no al­ter­na­tive meth­ods are be­ing con­sid­ered.

“a le­gal rul­ing in July 2017 con­firmed that vol­un­tary over­time should be in­cluded in any set­tle­ment. We are now con­sid­er­ing how to make this pay­ment.

“the next meet­ing of the Coun­cil Ex­ec­u­tive will be asked to ap­prove how we move for­ward with im­ple­ment­ing this for af­fected staff.”

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