£300,000 in back pay for council and schools workers in Bolton

UNISON sets the record straight after hundreds of workers’ holiday pay was miscalculated by Bolton council

Bolton Council building

UNISON has secured a deal totalling almost £300,000 pounds in holiday pay for over 2,000 council workers and schools staff in Bolton.

The deal resolves a two-year disagreement between the union and Bolton council, after hundreds of workers’ holiday pay was miscalculated. 

Some workers have already received back pay in their April or May salary with others expected to receive backdated payments in June.

UNISON acting Branch Secretary for Bolton Christine Collins said: “I am delighted Bolton UNISON secured back pay of nearly £300,000 in holiday pay for over 2,000 workers.

“We know that many of our members have really struggled with rising living costs, especially after a decade of below-inflation pay rises, so the back pay could not come at a better time.

“We must not forget, however, that this is pay the workers were entitled to and should have received already.

“For us the law is crystal clear, employers must take account of additional payments including overtime and other enhancements throughout the year when calculating workers’ holiday pay.

“Bolton Council had failed to do this so it’s welcome news that they have accepted this principle. Following discussions with HR, we received a positive commitment to resolve this issue.”

UNISON representative Tony Cowell, who works in refuse collection for Bolton Council, added: “After two years of a constant battle, we got there in the end.

“I am really pleased that we have achieved this win for our workforce.”