RepsDirect No 304 - 12 August 2004

Head of Health, Gail Cartmail General Secretary, Derek Simpson

Accreditation Agenda for change: joint statement from the shadow executive

Following the circulation of Reps Direct 302, issues have been raised which require clarification.

  1. Pay band 9: the job weight of this band will be above 720 points but the maximum points have yet to be determined. The salary for band 9 has not yet been finalised but to maintain consistency within the pay spines it should range from over 57,000 (lowest transitional point) to over 83,000 (top of the band). The considerable pressure to ensure that a payband 9 was established came from Amicus. The experience from the Early Implementers indicated that the jobs emerging above 720 points were within the Amicus membership groups.
  2. Unsocial hours: the definition of unsocial hours is to be found in paragraph 2.1 - 2.6 of the Proposed Agreement. The key paragraph is 2.1 which reads:

    Pay enhancements will be given to staff whose working pattern in standard hours, but excluding overtime and work arising from on-call duties, is carried out during the times identified below:

    • For staff in pay bands 1-7 any time worked before 7.00 am or after 7.00 pm Monday to Friday, and any time worked on Saturdays, Sundays or Back Holidays;
    • For staff in pay band 8 any time worked before 7.00 am or after 10.00 pm Monday to Friday, any time worked before 9.00 am or after 1.00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays, and any time worked on Bank Holidays.

    The joint statement circulated yesterday refers to interim arrangements for unsocial hours payments pending a review commencing in October 2005.On call arrangements are separate from this and subject to the four year protection period and a different timetable for review.

  3. It has been reported that assimilation to AfC terms may not be completed until September 2005. This does not affect the 1st October 2004 date for pay purposes.
  4. The interim agreement on the unsocial hours issue should allow the current review to be completed by September. If that is achieved the Amicus ballot and its outcome should be known by 1st December 2004.

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