17 December 2021

PCS intervenes to win Christmas TOIL for UKHSA staff

Staff in the UK Health Security Agency have a crucial role in the Covid response and may need to work over Christmas and the new year.  

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) was formed on 1 October 2021 with the closure of Public Health England and NHS Test and Trace.  It is responsible for protecting the public from the impact of infectious diseases, chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear incidents and other health threats. They have a crucial role in the Covid response and some staff may need to work over the Christmas and new year holiday period.

Staff who previously worked in Public Health England had in other years been able to claim TOIL (time off in lieu) for working during this time, but the management of the newly formed UKHSA had blocked it.

However, after a representation from PCS, the employer has backed down. Now all staff who work on 25, 26, 27 or 28 December and/or on 1 or January, will be able to claim TOIL at time and a half as well as claiming overtime at double time.

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