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BMI Healthcare rethinks overtime pay plans after union intervention

15 May 2015 - 4:14pm

The CSP welcomes the decision by one of the UK’s largest private health providers to suspend changes to pay for overtime and unsocial hours while it consults with its staff and trade unions.

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CSP senior negotiating officer Neil Lark: 'It will be essential for CSP members to feed into the local consultation process'

BMI Healthcare’s proposed changes, which would have left a significant number of physiotherapists worse off, were due to have come into effect on 1 June.

Neil Lark is a senior negotiating officer at the CSP. He said that representatives of the society, the Royal College of Nursing and the Society of Radiographers held initial talks with the company and further meetings were likely.

‘It will be essential for CSP members to feed into the local consultation process about the proposals, ensuring your views are known and what your own response would be if the proposals are implemented as previously suggested,’ Mr Lark said.

A spokesman for BMI Healthcare said: 'We have begun a process of formally consulting all of our staff on the national employment conditions which aim to overcome the inequality of the numerous working practices that currently exist across the BMI Group and ensure that BMI terms remain competitive with other employers.

'We anticipate the consultation lasting until early July.'

The CSP has written to members who have identified themselves as BMI employees. It has asked them to take the following action:

  • speak to your fellow colleagues to make sure they are aware of the CSP’s communication and the current situation.
  • encourage your colleagues to make sure their membership profile on the CSP website is up-to-date, including listing BMI as their employer.
  • ensure you make your views known during the consultation. You may need to clarify the process for this locally, but it is essential your voice is heard.

Members willing to act as contact points can help the CSP to support physios locally and to distribute information about the BMI pay issue.

The society is asking for volunteers to call the CSP enquiry handling unit on 0207 3066666 or email enquiries@csp.org.uk. Enquiries will be directed to employment relations and union services.

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