“Is it because we work in retail?” Canterbury worker’s frustration over bank holiday pay

Canterbury workers are frustrated because they don’t get extra pay for working bank holidays.

Often, when working a over a bank holiday, employers will pay their staff extra but there is no law which states they are required to.

Retail worker, Jordan Croucher works every bank holiday at Topshop and gets paid her normal wage. The 22-year-old said: “It’s annoying that I don’t receive any extra pay on bank holidays, and I just think, is is because I work in retail?

Above: Jordan Croucher (pic from Facebook)

“It definitely effects my work ethic, it would be nice to recognise that I’m working hard for the company.”

Ambulance driver, Tom Harman, 24, knows that his job is a 24/7 responsibility but he said: “Of course I’d like a bit extra on a bank holiday, the only reason we work is for money.”

Above: Tom Harman (pic from Facebook)

With another bank holiday on its way, retail worker, Gareth Chick, 37 said: “Working in retail, you expect to have to work weekends but on bank holiday’s I think we should be paid extra, at least time and a half.

“If we had a bonus for working on a bank holiday, it would be an incentive and there wouldn’t be as much of an issue.”

Any extra pay will be decided by your employer and will state on your contract what you are entitled to.

Canterbury Golf Club’s bar manager explained that some of her staff don’t get a bank holiday bonus.

Caroline Allingham, 56, said: “My staff who are on zero hour contracts don’t get extra pay on bank holidays, however they do have holiday pay in their wages each month and the amount depends on how many hours they’ve worked.”

USDAW, are one of Britain’s largest trade union’s with over 429,000 members and they aim to promote equality to oppose discrimination in the work place.

Senior researcher at USDAW, Joanne Cairns, 32, disagrees with the fact that the majority of retail workers are singled out. She said: “There is an increasing trend in retail towards cutting the more variable benefits such as premium payments, in favour of a simplified pay structure.

“The pressure on premium payments is symptomatic of a longer term push towards more flexible working patterns, with evenings and weekends no longer recognised as unsocial working hours.

Stronger collective bargaining rights are needed, so that unions can work on behalf of their members to get the best possible deal when pay structures are reviewed.”


Usdaw logo. (Pic from Union News)