CSP members in West Yorkshire have successfully resisted their employer’s proposal to withdraw travel time to and from outreach clinics at the beginning and end of each day.
The six advanced care practitioners work for Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust’s musculoskeletal assessment service.
They regularly travel between their base in Halifax and remote locations as far as 13 miles away in the Pennines to conduct clinics.
As a group they successfully argued that the provision of travel time was a long-established practice, and therefore an implied contractual term, the withdrawal of which would be unreasonable.
Their long-running collective grievance was upheld on 8 February and a panel ordered that the status quo should prevail.
CSP senior negotiating officer Ian Taylor said the society will now discuss with the trust how the decision can be implemented.
‘This victory clearly demonstrates the effectiveness of a group of members sticking together to collectively resist unpopular and unfair change, and using the grievance procedure to pursue their case,’ he said.
Julie James, professional lead for the advance practitioner service, welcomed the result.
‘It is a great outcome for our service, is a big relief for us and has made a big difference.
‘Had it not been for the CSP we wouldn’t have had the confidence to push it further.’
- If you are having a problem at work contact your local CSP steward or phone the CSP enquiry handling unit on 020 7306 6666
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