Unsocial Hours Review

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2006 Health Care Service Group Conference
22 April 2006

With the negotiations for an unsocial hours agreement under Agenda for Change well under way, we must learn lessons from the pay modernisation programme.

In 2003 Conference passed a motion submitted by Exeter City Branch, that a survey be conducted and published to ascertain what the national rates of pay for sleep-in duty were, and that negotiations be entered into to negotiate a common rate of pay across the NHS.

Therefore we ask that the Agenda for Change negotiation team press for a national rate for sleep-in payments to be included in the unsocial hours agreement.

Conference also calls on the Service Group executive to ensure that:

1.No further protection will be required to safe guard our members earnings for working unsocial hours. Conference reaffirms its decision at the 2005 Health Service Conference that there should be no detriment for anyone in comparison with the interim arrangements.

2.That any new proposals are for a national agreement that do not allow for any local interpretation and that this is made explicit in the proposals.

3.The new proposals will be made available in full to members prior to any decision being taken. This will include precise details about how any new proposed system would replace both the old Whitley Scales and the interim Agenda for Change Bands that are in use now by ambulance members and some in the early implementer sites so as to enable members to make an informed decision based on how the new proposals would affect them personally.

4.The final decision on proposals for a new unsocial hours payments system will be made by a full ballot of the Health Service Group Membership.