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Payroll Outsourcing Protects During Industrial Action

Payroll Outsourcing Protects During Industrial Action
Alison Clynes
Written by Alison Clynes
Thursday, 13 May 2010 23:00

Industrial disputes in Britain are increasing as employers and workers struggle to survive in the harsh economic climate. Airlines, railways, schools, the civil service and private sector businesses, desperate to protect jobs and working conditions, have participated in strikes and walk outs. Employers, meanwhile, insist redundancies or new terms and conditions are essential for economic survival.

Workers may disagree with the industrial action, but if they belong to a union they are bound by the union's directives. Even non-union members, or those belonging to a different union uninvolved in the dispute, will be wary of crossing a picket line. If employers retaliate with sanctions or 'lock-outs', even disinterested workers are affected.

In-house payroll processing services struggle at such times. Striking workers have pay deducted. Employers must decide a policy for staff willing but unable to work because of the dispute. Some unions offer strike pay to members involved in official disputes as members may be ineligible for benefits. Employees need timely information on their pay to negotiate with the Benefits Agency. Complications increase when things like Tax Credit and Child Support are administered via the payroll, and payroll solutions need to be put in place to account for such technicalities. If staff who deal with wages are involved in the industrial action, the organisation's entire payroll services could stall.

All this is avoidable by using a payroll company. At Dataplan Payroll our highly skilled staff is independent, and we will respond to crises in an impartial and professional manner, ensuring your payroll is out on time no matter what the complications.

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