Working Arrangements: Christmas Day and Boxing Day 2009

Christmas Day and Boxing Day fall on a Friday and Saturday respectively.

The Governement has designated Monday 28th December as a public holiday with pay in substitution for Boxing Day.

A number of questions have arisen as to the payments to be made to employees required to work on Saturday 26th and/or Monday 28th December.

Authorities advised that payments, unless a local agreement is in place, should be made in accordance with Green Book Part 3 Paragraph 2.6 as follows:

New Body News

The working parties of the School Support Staff Negotiating Body (SSSNB) are now in full swing. The Core Contract and Working Year Working Group (CCWYWG) , The Role Profile and Job Measurement Working Group (RPJMWG) and the Executive Group are now meeting every few weeks and are getting down to the detail of what a new school pay and conditions framework might look like. The CCWYWG has been working its way through the clauses of a draft contract but is still grappling with the implications of moving to a full year contract for all, rather than retaining a formula approach.

New SSSNB Webpage

There is a new School Supprt Staff Negotiating Body web page live on the UNISON website, which will inform members and activists of all the latest developments on the SSSNB.  Click here to go there now!

School Support Staff Negotiating Body (SSSNB)

UNISON is the largest union for school staff and we are currently in negotiations with the Department for Children, Schools and Families and the employers at a national level regarding a new national pay and conditions framework for school support staff.

We are working with the Local Government Employers, representatives from foundation and aided schools as well as from the Catholic Education Service and Church of England Board of Education to develop a new set of national terms and conditions for school support staff.

Department of Health (DH) Suspends Home Care Worker Registration in England

The Department of Health (DH) has suspended the long-term plan to begin voluntary registration of the homecare workforce in 2010 by the General Social Care Council (GSCC).  The decision was made to enable the GSCC to concentrate on improving its conduct function.  In July GSCC indentified a backlog of over 200 conduct cases which has prompted a review of its conduct function and to extend the register to home care staff would increase pressure on the conduct system.  In Scotland and Wales, registration has been extended to a range of other staff groups, while in Northern Irel