Fairer bank holiday pay agreed

Bank holiday pay will be equalised for over 800 staff across the council in response to issues raised by the Unison trade union.

Following a decision by the council’s Strategy, Finance and City Regeneration Committee, affected staff will be given 70.5% of the total back pay to cover the past six years and a 100% top-up payment to equalise bank holiday pay in future. 

Councillor Bella Sankey, Leader of the Council said: “Whether a driver at Cityclean or a care worker looking after our elderly, we want to ensure everyone receives equal holiday payments while working for the council.

“No staff will set to lose out from these changes and many hundreds will see an increase in their bank holiday payments. 

“We entered into discussions with both our recognised Trade Unions to try and reach agreement on a reasonable settlement offer to all our staff who work bank holidays. 

“We’re settling proactively because we believe this is the right thing to do for our valued staff and ensures payments can be made quickly which is even more important during a cost-of-living crisis.”