Holiday pay row leaves staff short
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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