University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust has become the first to act after an employment tribunal ruled that staff at a Manchester hospital should not lose their incremental pay rises for taking time off work because they were unwell (Frontline, 7 March).
Morecambe Bay last month withdrew a policy in which it automatically deferred increments if an individual was being ‘staged’ (having sickness absence episodes officially monitored) under the trust’s sickness absence policy.
The trust confirmed last month that ‘all staff who have had their increment deferred in 2011/2012 will have their increment re-instated and will receive their back pay as soon as possible’.
‘The purpose of the revised approach is to ensure we all work together to attain maximum attendance levels.’
Julie Collins, CSP senior negotiating officer, said: ‘This is great news for staff and demonstrates that trade unions working together can achieve successful outcomes.
Members should involve their local steward as soon as possible in such cases, she added.
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