Trade union hits out over 'discrimination' towards part-time council staff for Jubilee holiday

A trade union has demanded Dumfries and Galloway Council pay all staff for an extra day off in celebration of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

By Marc McLean - Local Democracy Reporting Service
Wednesday, 4th May 2022, 11:39 am
Updated Wednesday, 4th May 2022, 6:03 pm
Unison has called for all council staff to be given an extra day off regardless of whether they are supposed to be working on June 3 or not

J’an Andrews, secretary of Unison’s Dumfries and Galloway branch, is furious over the apparent unfair treatment being meted out to part-time workers.

This comes after the local authority stated part-time staff won’t get the extra day’s holiday if they are not scheduled to work on June 3.

J’an said: “We are obviously pleased that most council workers will get an extra day off on Friday, June 3.“But what about the part-time workers or others with irregular working patterns who are not rostered to work on the Friday?“They should obviously get the same time off as everyone else, with the part-timer workers getting the time off on a pro-rata basis – but I’m not sure that is the case.

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“It’s my understanding the council are saying that part-time employers will be entitled to this extra leave on a proportional basis if they are scheduled to work on that day.

“That is clearly unfair and means part-time workers would be treated less favourably.

“Everyone should get the time off on a proportionate basis, not just those who are scheduled to work the Friday.”

A council spokesman said: “At its meeting of March 31, the council agreed to grant a one-off additional day of fixed leave for staff on Friday, June 3, to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee – this includes all schools within Dumfries and Galloway.

“Cover arrangements for essential services will need to maintained and anyone required to work will receive an additional day of leave.

“Legislation ensures that part-time employees are not treated less favourably than full-time colleagues and will be entitled to this extra leave on a proportional basis if they are scheduled to work on that day.

“Council policy states employees are not entitled to recompense if absent due to sickness on a fixed or public holiday, however, those on maternity leave will be entitled to accrue this day.

“Due to the way annual leave and public holidays are described in the single status collective agreement, staff will be contractually entitled to an additional leave day.”