25 April 2012
PCS industrial officer Jayson Sloss said: “At our last meeting, on Monday 16 April, we discussed the issue of fixed term contracts. NML currently has a total of 163 staff on fixed term contracts. Twenty four are genuine fixed term contracts and their status will remain the same. However, the remaining 139 posts were incorrectly recruited on fixed-term contracts when they should have been recruited as permanent posts because they carry out on-going core functions.”
They consist of two groups:
PCS and Prospect jointly requested that these 139 employees are offered permanent contracts. Many of the staff have been employed for more than two years and therefore,
have full employment rights, in essence the same rights as permanent members of staff.
Clara Paillard, PCS branch chair commented: "This decision is a great step forward. It means that the staff will have the same employment status as everybody else."