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Prospect Union says lack of backpay for govt workers 'morally wrong'

Wed, 20 Dec 2023

As a result of the protracted pay negotiations relating the financial year April 1, 2023 to March 31, 2024 many individuals did not receive any backpay relating to the period April 1, 2023 to the date of leaving where that date was before October 27, 2023.

The Prospect Union says this is morally wrong and has resulted in several former Government employees suffering financial detriment as a result.

Mick Hewer, Prospect Negotiations Officer believes that the same situation should not be repeated in relation to 2024/2025 pay negotiations and settlement.

Mick Hewer said: “This year saw various employers offer a pay award that was only payable to employees who were still in post at the time negotiations concluded and the collective bargaining agreement signed by the respective Joint Unions and Employer representatives within the areas concerned.

Many hard-working former employees lost out financially as a result and although contractual changes do not come into effect until such time as agreement is reached the fact that individuals suffered financially does not fit well with governments continued references to equality, fairness, and a just culture.

Although the various offer letters were clear that backpay would only be made to those still in employment, and the offers were accepted at ballot, the fact remains that hard-working former employees suffered a detriment through no fault of their own.

I would urge those with whom we will be negotiating this year to be mindful of their moral obligations to all their employees and to conclude negotiations for implementation on 1st April 2024. To be in a position whereby negotiations are not concluded by that date will not be acceptable.

Just because something is not illegal does not mean that it is fair or morally justifiable and politicians and those involved in negotiations on behalf of employers need to be mindful that former employees who have suffered a detriment may have long memories when it comes to the next Isle of Man general Election.

Additionally, and as stated in previous press releases, I would encourage Treasury at this early stage to ensure that adequate funding is identified for inclusion in the 2024 budget statement which ensures that pay increases and improvements to Terms and Conditions are adequately funded and do not result in pay cuts because of below inflation increases.”


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