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Payroll glitch health workers in tribunal move

By Victoria O'Hara

Angry health workers who haven't been paid properly in months begin lodging industrial tribunal claims today.

Problems started last October after a new payroll system was introduced.

Staff have not been receiving payments for overtime, travel claims and allowances.

Following errors with tax and National Insurance, workers recently were given incorrect wages due to problems with pension payments.

Despite assurances by the Department of Health that the problems would not happen again, staff have seen large deductions in wages – leaving many once again struggling financially.

Some of those suffering are staff on lower pay scales, such as porters.

The health union Unison – which will be helping its members to lodge claims – said it hadn't taken the decision lightly.

A spokesman for Unison said: "Many of our members have had to contend with wrong pay and missing pay for the last number of months.

"Each pay date brings forth fresh complaints and Unison representatives are at the end of their tether dealing with the upset which our members have had to cope with."

Unison said employers had not appeared to have been able to address the problem.

"The time has come for the system to be stood down until it is effective. When will the minister act to get this sorted?"

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