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This week the MoJ finally confirmed that they are settling all of the outstanding cases involving members who had reduced notice pay when leaving the service since 2016. This follows on from Napo’s successful Employment Tribunal challenge in relation to PILON earlier this year, led by Assistant General Secretary, Dean Rogers.
In late 2016 the NPS announced that they were no longer willing to recognise members contractual right to receive up to 12 weeks notice, at full pay, if they were being dismissed including on grounds of capability or ill-health, including early retirement on ill-health grounds. Napo refused to accept this imposed contractual change and after negotiations failed to address the issue, we successfully challenged this change in an ET.
The MoJ has now accepted the ET outcome and are paying all of the members impacted in full. They have also issued new advice and guidance to line managers, HR managers and Business leads, as well as SSCL, to make sure that no further new cases arise in error.
Napo General Secretary, Ian Lawrence says, “We are delighted that these issues are now resolved and successfully settled. This is the culmination of a long fought battle for Napo and represents a significant victory for us. Without Napo’s opposition they’d have steamrollered these changes through and some of our most vulnerable members would have been robbed of their contractual notice pay. Moreover, they know that if they try anything like this to undermine the terms of any future Staff Transfer Agreements that Napo will be ready and waiting to challenge then again. Thanks go to Dean Rogers for the determination with which he has taken this on”