UNISON wins pay out for low-paid staff at Solihull Sixth Form College

Administrative staff, career advisors, science and art technicians, and library assistants working for Solihull Sixth Form College are to receive eight days additional pay a year as a result of mistakes made about the way public holiday pay was calculated.

UNISON negotiated the claims on behalf of 14 members of staff employed on term-time contracts, arguing they had been treated less favourably than teachers and other colleagues employed full-time.

The college has now agreed to revise the formula used to calculate their holiday allowance and pay the correct rate, backdated six years.

Library assistant Julie Robinson first identified the problem back in 2017.

UNISON national education officer Ben Thomas said: “This case shows how important it is for people to check their payslips and not just trust that their employer is paying them correctly.

“This victory comes hot on the heels of the successful six-year battle to win fair pay for thousands of low-paid term-time school workers across Greenwich in south east London.

“UNISON is committed to fighting for fair wages and if other employers have made similar holiday pay errors we’ll be on to them to make sure all staff are getting what they’re due.”

Notes to editors:
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union, with more than 1.3 million members providing public services – in education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy. They are employed in both the public and private sectors. 

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