16th Feb, 2019

Sixth Form College staff win battle over pay dispute

Sarah Mason 6th Feb, 2019 Updated: 6th Feb, 2019

STAFF at Solihull Sixth Form College have won a battle over pay.

Administrative staff, career advisors, science and art technicians, and library assistants at the Widney Manor Road college will get an extra eight days pay a year after mistakes were made about the way public holiday pay was calculated.

Employees worked with the union Unison which said it negotiated the claims on behalf of 14 staff employed on term-time contracts, arguing they had been treated less favourably than those employed full-time.

Unison says the college has agreed to revise the formula used to calculate their holiday allowance and pay the correct rate, backdated six years.

Library assistant Julie Robinson identified the problem in 2017, according to the union.

Unison national education officer Ben Thomas said: “This case shows how important it is for people to check their payslips and not just trust that their employer is paying them correctly.

“This victory comes hot on the heels of the successful six-year battle to win fair pay for thousands of low-paid term-time school workers across Greenwich in south east London.

“Unison is committed to fighting for fair wages and if other employers have made similar holiday pay errors we’ll be on to them to make sure all staff are getting what they’re due.”

Principal at Sixth Form College, Solihull, Martin Sullivan, said: “The college has a good relationship with the unions and we worked with the them to resolve the bank holiday pay issue for term time support staff once it had been identified.”

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