Equality for Part-Time Workers During Bank Holidays

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2005 National Women's Conference
21 October 2004

UNISON members have continuously raised this issue, stating that the current position on part-time workers owing or gaining time off due to pro rata bank holidays is intolerable.

As the situation stands, those part-time workers who work the beginning of the week are treated less favourably than those who work the latter, this is especially unfair when a place of work is closed for bank holidays. A part-time employee cannot work the pro-rata of that day, through no fault of their own. This means that part-time workers owe time to their employer and have to work additional days.

This causes much distress to predominately female part-time workers, who often have care issues/responsibilities, more than one part-time post and so on.

Conference therefore calls upon the National Women’s Committee to raise this issue with the national service groups and ask them to pursue negotiations on behalf of part-time workers to review and update this ruling so that part-time workers whose place of work closes during bank holidays should be exempt from the normal pro rata agreement.