Jon Masters 23 July 2015

Fairer pay proposed for York council workers

City of York Council is putting forward proposals for raising its employees holiday pay to match their regular overtime or supplementary payments.

The council’s move in response to recent cases brought against unfair salary regimes is being put to the City of York Executive on 30 July this year.

The council said the proposals are intended to ensure that its workers are not financially disadvantaged when taking their annual holiday entitlement.

To date York Council’s workers’ overtime or supplementary payments are not taken into account when calculating holiday pay.

If the new proposals are approved, non contractual overtime, additional hours and supplementary payments will be included in a workers holiday pay calculations based on 20 statutory annual leave days per year from 1 August.

The council has come to its new arrangements following discussions with Unison, GMB, UCATT and Unite trade unions.

Additional annual expenditure for the council is estimated at around £230,000. ‘Stringent controls on overtime have already started and will be further enforced to ensure that this figure is managed downwards in future’, a council statement said.

City of York’s, director of customer and business support, Ian Floyd, said: 'This is an issue that all local authorities are reviewing nationally to ensure they meet the legal requirements in line with recent case law. It’s important that employees receive holiday pay in respect of all hours that they work, not just their contracted hours.'

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