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Wednesday, 04 March 2020 14:16

UNISON has identified a potential problem with how Hertfordshire Council calculates holiday pay for its term-time-only staff working in cleaning, catering and midday meals.

It could mean you’re receiving less holiday pay than you’re entitled to.

We need you to join together and ask the council to change its calculations to make sure you get all the money you should.

Please join up and fill in the form overleaf to join our grievance.

We’re currently investigating how it affects other term-time-only staff so join up and help us make pay fair in Hertfordshire.

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Join today at or call 0800 171 2193

Are you being shortchanged?

UNISON, the UK’s biggest union for school support staff, has won two major court cases giving a significant boost to part-time workers.

In the Greenwich and Brazel cases, UNISON showed that many councils were using the wrong formula to calculate annual leave entitlement, costing some staff hundreds of pounds a year.

UNISON is approaching councils and academies across the country, pushing them to get it right.

Hertfordshire schools

We’ve identified that the way Hertfordshire County Council schools — and many academies in Hertfordshire — calculates leave for their cleaning and catering workers and midday meals supervisors is wrong and are investigating other term-time-only staff.

We need to speak as a united front and convince the Council to change it, so you get the right pay.

We know how important this is for thousands of part-time staff, so we’re waiving our normal rules that you have to be a member for four weeks before we represent you.

Together, we will submit a collective grievance to the council, telling them they need to change. We’re stronger together, so please join up and encourage your colleagues to join UNISON today by calling 0800 171 2193 or visiting

Join the collective grievance – the more that join, the more likely we are to succeed.


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Greenwich case

In 2012, a UNISON member thought she had lost too much money when switching from full time to part time.

We realised that London council had been using the wrong formula to calculate annual leave, with some people missing out on up to five days.

UNISON brought employment tribunal claims on behalf of 476 of the term-time only staff, arguing that they had been unlawfully treated less favourably than colleagues owing to their part-time status.

Last November, the council agreed to change its formula, backdating it to 1 January 2013.

Five-thousand part-time cleaners, teaching assistants, catering, administrative, school meal workers and other staff working for Greenwich Council shared in a £4m payout.

Harpur Trust v Brazel & UNISON

At the Court of Appeal in August, UNISON won a case confiming that all workers are entitled to a minimum of 28 days paid annual leave, even if they are not given work or paid for parts of the year.

Music teacher, Mrs Lesley Brazel was supported by UNISON to defend her claim against Harpur Trust, her term-time employer. The Trust claimed she was entitled to leave and pay below the statutory minimum.

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I have been working term time only for years and months.



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