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Belfast Trust workers underpaid by hundreds of pounds, says SDLP's Mallon

By Michael Sheils McNamee

SDLP deputy leader Nichola Mallon says she has been contacted by a number of Belfast Trust staff who have been underpaid due to a technical error.

Mrs Mallon called on the Belfast Trust to ensure immediate action was taken to pay staff their full wages in the coming days, saying the amount unpaid came to several hundred pounds for a number of workers.

In a statement the Belfast Trust has said it was made aware of the issue on Monday and it was committed to making sure staff received the correct wages.

"These workers have direct debits and bills to pay and if this is not rectified as a matter of urgency they will be pushed into debt," she said.

“This is the latest in a litany of wage blunders suffered by healthcare workers since this new pay system, which cost some £15m, was implemented."

The North Belfast MLA pointed to the Business Services Organisation (BSO), a section of the Northern Ireland health care service responsible for payroll, as the possible root of the problem.

The BSO took over the processing of healthcare salaries in 2014.

There have been previous issues with its systems, and in 2016 a payroll glitch affected the pay packets of almost 2,500 staff.

“I have been in contact with the Chief Executive of the Belfast Trust to ask for assurances that all staff members will receive their correct wages immediately," Mrs Mallon added.

"I understand the Belfast Trust HR Director is to make contact with BSO first thing tomorrow morning to get to the bottom of the issue and urgently resolve the matter. I’ve asked for an update from the HR Director tomorrow [Tuesday] after these discussions.

In a statement, a Belfast Trust spokeswoman said: "This was brought to the attention of Belfast Trust today [Monday]. We are committed to ensuring staff receive their correct pay.

"We will work with BSO colleagues as a matter of urgency to address this concerning matter for all staff affected."

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