The Staff Council Executive met on 25 January 2013. Below are the key points from the meeting for Unite members.
1. Agenda for Change consultations
Trade unions are still consulting over the Agenda for Change proposals to introduce performance related pay, remove Bands 8c, 8d and 9 onto spot salaries and introduce discretionary points for these grades, remove accelerated progression for staff at the start of Band 5 and remove entitlement to unsocial hours payment whilst off sick.
The NHS Employers have stated that they will not impose these proposals if the trade unions reject them. Unite will be rejecting following a number of consultation processes, cumulating in an extremely strong rejection in our recent consultation ballot.
We are now taking legal advice on the proposals on grounds of equal pay for work of equal value. The NHS Employers are going to revisit their equality impact assessment in the light of external advise.
The proposals are due to go to the NHS Staff Council on 26 February 2013.
2. The NHS Injury Allowance
NHS staff who are injured or become ill due to their employment nay be entitled to financial assistance if their pay is reduced as a result of their health problems. The NHS Injury Allowance replaces former entitlements to compensation, and will come into 31 March 2013. For staff who have a pre-existing injury, they may be entitled to claiming under the old scheme. Unite will shortly be providing a briefing on this, if this is signed off by the NHS Staff Council on 26 February 2013.
3. National Recruitment and Retention Premium
The NHS Employers still have to sign off the terms of reference for the review into the NRRP for Estates and Maintenance staff. Unite originally opposed the proposed terms of reference as they did not look at what was actually happening on the ground - just looking at the data. We have made the point that we expect to work in partnership with the employers over the review and should there be recommendation that the NRRP is re-introduced, that this is backdated.
We are also in separate discussions over the Chaplains NRRP.