*For strike action taken 11 – 13 July 2023

Over the past year, we have used a net pay calculation for paying strike pay to members who have taken action.

However, the calculation needs to be different for August’s pay, when July’s strike deductions will be taken. This is because the last part of the 23/24 pay offer will be imposed in August’s salary. That means that none of us will have a “normal” pay slip for us to compare to August’s pay slip, as all salaries will have increased in August. Therefore, we have worked out a different way for calculating strike pay in August which is the same process we used in April when the first part of the pay offer was imposed:

  • We will use the actual strike pay deduction on the left-hand side of your pay slip as the start point
  • We will deduct your tax and NI total (if applicable) from a previous pay slip (not August) from the tax and NI total on August’s pay slip
  • The difference between tax/NI between the payslips will then be deducted from the actual strike pay deduction on the left side of your August payslip
  • From calculations, this will take us as close to a “usual” net pay strike payment as possible
  • If you require access to the Hardship Fund, please apply via the strike application form as usual

Here is an example of what would be paid to a G5 member of staff:

Strike pay deduction (left side of payslip) = £341.75

Difference in tax/NI between pay slips = £112.28

Strike pay deduction minus difference in tax/NI = £229.47

Strike Payment = £229.47

This also shows that this member would be covered for over the £50 per day limit for National Strike Pay.

We will require both August’s pay slip and a pay slip showing your usual salary– this is likely to be June’s pay slip if you took action in June and were deducted in July.

We will use this formula for August only and will revert back to the usual net pay formula for any future strike action.

Link to Strike Pay Form for August (July deductions)

In solidarity

Branch Committee