Royal wedding holiday pay row

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A FURIOUS row has broken out between a workers’ union and Doncaster health bosses after nurses and other staff were told they would get no extra pay for working the day of the Royal wedding.

Doncaster organiser for union Unison has accused managers of being ‘mean- spirited’ and ‘petty’ over the issue.

Rianne Johnson, Unison’s Doncaster District and Bassetlaw Health Branch secretary said: “It is ridiculous for the employer to act in such a mean-spirited and petty way.

“The governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and now some hospital trusts in England have agreed to pay staff at Bank Holiday rates.

“We expect fairness across the whole of the NHS and for trusts in England to recognise the commitment of nurses and other staff who will be missing out on the celebrations with family and friends.

“NHS employers are further hitting morale at a time when there is not much for staff to celebrate.

“They face a two-year pay freeze as well as swingeing cuts. It is not much to ask that they be paid what they are entitled to.”

Doncaster Royal Infirmary will be open on the day of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding.

A spokesman for Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “There is no national agreement as to how NHS employers manage the extra day’s holiday on April 29.

“We are in discussion with the unions but we are working on the basis that full-time staff who normally work on Friday will have a day’s paid leave.

“Staff required to work that day will be paid as a normal Friday, with a day off ‘in lieu’.

“The extra holiday may cause operational difficulties as it falls immediately before the May Day Bank Holiday, which follows the Easter break, and support services will be limited over an extended period of time, 11 days.

“We will issue further information on any changes to services nearer the time.”