The following is a statement sent from the Union. We have been having meetings on a National level within the Joint National Staff Council.
As you know, the impact of the recent Agenda for Change changes on Annex E sickness payments has been the subject of contention!
UNISON’s position has been that the changes that were made to sickness payments (i.e. removing unsocial hours payments) do not have an automatic impact on Annex E, but the employers disagree with this.
They maintain that the principle of removing unsocial hours for periods of sickness absence should apply to staff paid under Annex E, and have proposed a methodology for how this deduction could be made.
UNISON, along with other staff side unions, does not agree that this deduction can happen automatically but has agreed to consult members on the proposal.
Your branch will be talking to you over the next few weeks about what the employers have proposed and what this could mean for you, and will be asking you to vote on whether you accept or reject.
Look out for more information and your ballot pack.
These talks have been concentrated on Annex E and the recent changes to Agenda for Change.
In simple terms the NHS Employers and Ambulance Service Employers take the view that the recent changes to the AfC withdrawing of Unsocial Hour Payments while off sick also applies to health staff covered by Annex E (staff in Ambulance Services are covered by Annex E within the National Handbook).
UNISON and other Unions involved no not believe that these deductions while off sick apply to staff under Annex E.
NHS Employers think it applies – We do not.
A proposal regarding how this will work has been given to the Unions.
We are to ballot members for their views.
More information will be sent out soon.