No to extra pay on royal wedding day

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MOST hospital and health workers in Sheffield will not be paid extra for being on duty on the day of the the royal wedding, despite it being a bank holiday.

The exception on Friday, April 29 will be workers at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

In general, staff at health trusts across the region who have to work to ensure services are still available will only get a day off in lieu, rather than the extra rate they are paid on the eight other public holidays throughout the year.

The sum varies according to the employee’s salary band but ranges from double time to time plus 60%.

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the Northern General, Royal Hallamshire, Weston Park, Jessop Wing and Charles Clifford hospitals, and Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust, have decided not to pay staff extra.

Union Unite this week “named and shamed” 115 English NHS trusts and primary care trusts refusing to pay bank holiday rates to staff working during the royal wedding.

National officer for health Rachael Maskell said: “NHS staff will be saving lives, looking after the sick and prepared for emergencies while most of Britain will be taking a well-earned break or celebrating the royal wedding.”

She added: “The Government has given the country an extra bank holiday to mark the royal wedding but NHS trust chief executives on six-figure salaries are refusing to recognise the spirit of the occasion.”

Sheffield council workers and police officers on duty on April 29 will receive the extra pay.