Milestones Trust pay offer improves sick pay and ends ‘two-tier’ system, says UNISON

Support workers and personal assistants will be paid at least £12.40 per hour whilst other staff will receive pay rises of between 5 and 12.7%

Milestones Trust workers have voted to accept a pay offer which will improve sick pay, guarantee at least the real Living Wage, and end the “two-tier” system of staff doing the same job on different contracts, says UNISON today (Thursday).

In a vote that closed on Monday, 60% of workers voted to accept the pay offer.

From Monday 1 April, the Trust’s support workers and personal assistants will be paid at least £12.40 per hour whilst other staff will receive pay rises of between 5 and 12.7%.

The pay deal also means that all staff, including new starters, will be entitled to occupational sick pay after reaching two years’ service.

UNISON regional organiser Michael Sweetman said: “UNISON welcomes the Trust’s decision to end the system which meant that staff doing the same job for the same employer were being paid differently and received different sick pay based on when they started.”

“Ever since this system was first proposed in 2018 we have believed that it was unfair and have campaigned for consistency for all staff. We are glad that the Trust have agreed to harmonise upwards by raising standards rather than lowering them.”

“Unfortunately, in much of the care sector minimum wage and statutory sick pay are the norm, so we believe that the fact that this is not the case in Milestones Trust demonstrates the benefits of trade union recognition.”

“We are also happy that agreement with the employer has been reached before the start of the financial year so that staff can expect to receive the pay rise straight away from April.”

“In the longer term UNISON will continue to campaign for the Trust to commit to becoming an accredited Living Wage employer on an ongoing rather than year-by-year basis, as well as improving enhancements and mileage rates, and reducing the use of agency staff.”