Sinn Féin MLA and Chair of the Health Committee Maeve McLaughlin has raised concerns that the new package to deal with wages within the Health service is not fit for purpose.
Ms McLaughlin said,
“Over the past few days we have heard several stories from staff who have been underpaid due to a new system that is about to be rolled out across the North from May 1st.
“This system currently being used by the South Eastern Trust has continually failed to get the wages of the staff correct with some members getting as little as £500 for a month’s wage.
“Many staff are also not receiving a pay slip. This is totally unacceptable as it is putting the already overstretched staff in financial stress by incurring financial penalties from banks and building societies for missing direct debits.
“I am calling on the Minister Edwin Poots to suspend the implementation of this new system until such time it is demonstrated that it can preform the task that it is designed to do – pay the proper wages on time.
“I am also calling on the minister to make immediate payments to all staff who have been underpaid and ensure that any financial penalties incurred by staff due this problem are reimbursed by the department.”