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30 June 1999

Up to 12 times pay for millennium workers
Staff expected to work whilst friends and family are celebrating the start of the new millennium will be paid up to 12 times their basic salary. And those on standby in case they are needed to work are being offered up to ?750 for staying sober.

The Labour Research Department's PayLine database, which is monitoring millennium working agreements, also shows that some public sector payments are keeping pace with the private sector. Staff at the Benefits Agency, for example, can earn 12 times their basic pay if they are on duty for more than nine hours overnight on 31 December or on 1 January. And staff working for six hours or more will be paid nine times their basic salary.

And in the private sector some Midland Bank staff will be paid eight times their salary for working between 6pm on 31st to 2pm the following day.

Information technology experts volunteering to be on call at the AA will be rewarded with a payment of ?750 for being available for the whole of the millennium weekend. And electricity workers at the National Grid will get ?250 for being on call for the crucial period from 10pm on New Year's Eve to 6am the next morning.

Many transport workers will also miss the party and British Airways has offered its ground staff four free flights or ?400 if they have to work between 10pm and 4am on New Year's Eve.

Other incentives to work include a payment for a night out for two worth ?150 offered by Three Valleys Water, in addition to enhanced payments for millennium weekend working.

Although the National Health Service rejected UNISON's national claim for ?500 for all health staff working on 31st, some trusts have started to negotiate local deals. At Doncaster Royal Infirmary and Montagu Hospitals NHS Trust staff working overnight on New Year's Eve will be paid five time their normal salary.

Notes to editors

LRD's PayLine database on the Web provides information on pay rates and increases, working hours and holiday entitlements from around 2,000 collective agreements covering the public sector and hundreds of private sector companies across all industries. And it has now been expanded to cover agreements on different types of family leave and childcare provision. National unions may subscribe to the service for use at head office or by all its members. Subscription rates vary according to membership and the extent to which the service will be used across the union.
PayLine will be continuing to monitor agreements on millennium working and subscribing unions can get this information from http://www.lrd.org.uk/database/pay. Others may purchase a copy of LRD's negotiators' journal Bargaining Report April 1999 plus a copy of the latest millennium pay report for ?3.95 (unions and individuals) or ?16 (employers and commercial organisations).
The Labour Research Department is an independent trade union and labour movement organisation founded 88 years ago. More than 2,000 trade union organisations, including 55 national unions, representing 99% of total TUC membership are affiliated.
For more details contact Tessa Wright on 0171 902 9817 or Dave Statham on 0171 902 9809 or Lewis Emery on 0171 902 9807.

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