Tesco will cut its locum rates by 50p per hour from next month, C+D has learned. In a letter sent last month to a Tesco Locum and seen by C+D, the supermarket said it would cut its hourly wage by about 50p after July 20, after a “recent revision of market prices” for all strata. Tesco confirmed yesterday (9 June) to C+D that it had made a “small reduction” in its locum rates. The supermarket would not disclose its current locum level, but said it was “one of the highest in the industry.” In his letter, Tesco locums encouraged discussing the new tariff with his manager. But a Tesco-Locum who wanted to remain anonymous told C+D that his manager had “not been informed” when he broached the subject. The pharmacist said he was “particularly upset” that the diapers reserved before the announcement of the salary reduction were not rewarded at the previous rate. The reduction also gave him the feeling of being “devalued,” he added. Employees can no longer work like Locum for Tesco`s if they are already employed. This clause does not say whether they can work as a locum for another contractor.
The case-law suggests that, in general, the courts are unlikely to find that the workers have agreed to amend contract law if no explicit agreement has been concluded to that effect. This is especially true for terms that do not have direct effect. Alternate Locums, based in the northwest, works with independent pharmacies and large companies, including Morrisons, Sainsbury and Tesco, to provide Locums with fully verified pharmacist qualifications. Shaun Hockey, chief executive of locum agency PL-UK, said the reduction was “very short-sighted”. “Although there is an oversupply of pharmacists, they are being swept away by family doctors` offices,” he told C+D. Locums had “long memories” and the “opportunistic” rate change would mean some would no longer work for the supermarket in the future, he added. Locum pharmacist John Munday agreed that some Locums could “vote with their feet” after hearing the news. He said the rate change was “another big employer that is once again reducing [our] value.” In its letter, Tesco added that its travel expenses – 25p per kilometre for round trips of more than 40 miles – and the price of accommodation of £20 per night would not be affected. . . .