Bank Holiday pay

I found out at the weekend that it’s going to cost United Bristol Healthcare Trust (the hospital trust) around £1 million in additional staffing costs because of the extra Bank Holiday on the day of the Royal Wedding. This is because they need to pay people time-and-a-half or double time to work on a Bank Holiday.

On speaking to a colleague about it today I then found out that not all hospitals are paying the higher rates. Apparently Birmingham hospital isn’t; Wolverhampton is. I’d have thought Bank Holiday rates of pay were part of the contractual terms and conditions, not something that could be a subject for the management’s discretion. But maybe the Royal Wedding isn’t a ‘proper’ Bank Holiday in law, just a day off?

Obviously this is topical for other reasons, with the Government floating the idea of abolishing the May Day Bank Holiday and replacing it with a St. George’s Day holiday or something in October, Trafalgar Day I think.

I suspect it’s more motivated by hatred of May Day and its lefty connotations than anything else, although a day off in October would make some people very happy. (Not MPs, we’ve barely gone back to work by then). People talk about the cost to business about having an extra Bank Holiday, but there’s also a cost to the public sector – or at least the more generous parts of the public sector – too.

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  • woodsy  On March 7, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    The May Day holiday – except by quirks of chronological coincidence – never falls on May 1st anyway.

    If there is going to be another public holiday (and there should be since England has fewer of them than most other European countries), let it be for something worthwhile – like celebrating the liberties flowing from Magna Carta – rather than something jingoistic – like thrashing of French – or divisive and religious – like some alleged saint’s day.

  • simon  On March 7, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    “a day off in October would make some people very happy. (Not MPs, we’ve barely gone back to work by then).”

    Back to work at the house after ~7 weeks(19 July-5 sept) off work followed by another month (15 Sept-10 Oct) for party conference season.

    Does the House of Commons count as one of “the more generous parts of the public sector”?

    • kerrymccarthy  On March 9, 2011 at 6:30 pm

      That was lazy and flippant of me actually… I have spent many an hour explaining that just because we’re on recess doesn’t mean we’re not working. You should see my Easter recess diary!

  • thebristolblogger  On March 9, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    While I’m keen to keep it, Mayday has never really taken off as workers day in this country has it?

    There’s a desultory Trade Union march in London that is, frankly, poorly attended and dull and I’ve never seen an event of any significance in Bristol at all.

    Otherwise I associate Mayday with Soviet Russia and their ridiculous display of military strength and grim old men in greycoats shuffling uneasily on a balcony.

    What we need is a party in Queen Square with loud music, free-flowing beer and a large bonfire nearby so a flamelit procession can march and burn Tory effigies on it.

    Can Bristol’s Labour movement sort this out?

    • kerrymccarthy  On March 12, 2011 at 5:23 pm

      If we add a maypole do you and Woodsy promise to dance round it?

      • woodsy  On March 13, 2011 at 8:37 am

        I’m game, but cannot answer for Mr Blogger.

  • thebristolblogger  On March 13, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    No problem if you sort the rest out.

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