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The host for the PC website has an issue with his business and the PC need to change web site providers. The website can be migrated to a new host for a cost of £299 if the new host has the admin password, without it, the PC will have to build a new website at the cost of around £2,500. The clerk who holds the admin password has gone on strike and refuses to give the PC the admin password, the current host of the website cannot be contacted. Is the clerk under any obligation to hand over the admin password and any other passwords she may hold for other PC  licences to enable the PC to progress its business whilst she is on strike?
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I think this is a two stage process.

First of all:

 What do you mean by "on strike"?

Is the Clerk being paid while they are "on strike"?

What is the dispute about?

Is a grievance/disciplinary procedure in progress?
by (10.4k points)
The locum clerk who has been in place for 9months,  has been claiming more than her contracted hours without getting any permission to do so. She appears to have been altering the pay roll again without permission. This “error” has been discovered and the PC has only agreed to pay her contracted hours. She walked out of the last meeting and has refused to do further work until her overtime has been paid. She is also refusing to give the passwords until the PC has paid her overtime. I am no expert, but to me this looks like extortion at the very least?
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Your details are a littler confusing. I assume that the website is paid for and run on behalf of the PC. Is your clerk on an official union sanction industrial action? if not then they cannot be on strike. If you clerk is just being obstructive then they would surely leave themselves to being in breach of their contract of employment and open to disciplinary action which could end in dismissal. All details of passwords etc. belong to the PC not the clerk. If by  refusing to  hand them to the council again  left open to disciplinary procedures. There is to consider also by blocking the councils access to management of their website and forcing extra costs on the council by their action could leave themselves liable for those costs in a court of law.
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Thanks - happy to be a little more open in private.
One moment you describe a locum and the next you talk about the clerk.  Which is it?  There's clearly alot more to this than has been suggested.  I'd strongly recommend getting some proper advice and guidance on both the employment issues and the more practical side and stop worrying about a website until you get the operational side of running the pc in line.  Are you members of NALC?  Can their county office help here?
It’s a locum clerk, professional advise and support from NALC local office, legal advise taken on employment issue and the operational side of the PC business is now on track. The PC does however need to get admin passwords for web site and other software to prevent destruction of records. It’s always useful to know how others have dealt with such situations. Thanks for the comments.
Was the locum recommended or arranged through you local NALC office? if so then you must inform them of the situation as they will have received a commission from the locum and must  take responsibility for those they professionally promote to Parish councils and should carry liability insurance.
Yes, the PC advertised on the region's Local Council Association advertising board, and paid £15 for the advert, I am unaware that the locum paid comission. Two clerks actually applied but one was never interviewed. The Local Council Association know about the situation but as you say, have a vested interest. I am very concerned about this developing situation which to me included more than en element of extortion.

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