Fair treatment and Consistency

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2016 Health Care Service Group Conference
18 December 2015

Conference, Disabled members in health are concerned about the growing number of reorganisations which are leading to down banding. In addition to down banding and with government pay restraint health workers are becoming financially worse off.

Disabled members believe that the integrity of an equal pay system must be maintained for all workers but the specific impact on disabled people needs to be considered. From our experience it is clear that disabled people are significantly more likely to experience unfair treatment at work than non-disabled people e.g. in 2012, 19 per cent of disabled people experienced unfair treatment at work compared to 13 per cent of non-disabled people.

Following the Health and Social Care Act, the levers that used to be in place to ensure consistency across health organisations and countries have gone and disabled workers are concerned that unequal treatment could be creeping in, this is likely be exacerbated for disabled workers because of the reasons outlined above.

Conference calls on the Health Service Group Executive to use the NHS Staff Council to look at setting up mechanisms to monitor and report on consistency of pay structures, within and across organisations, different countries and across all equality groups.