Working time directive concerns…

Meal Break changes for front-line staff.

At the Staff Partnership forum last week UNISON reiterated that we are still in dispute over late finishes and meal breaks. This was following a large number of meetings about IX and meal breaks being cancelled by the Trust and a commitment in writing from the Director of People and Culture that IX0 would be embedded as business as usual from 12th June, which has not been honoured.

On Thursday last week we raised with the Trust that some of the meal break changes they are planning to pilot breach the working time directive and are likely to negatively impact on staff. The Trust has not responded to our written concerns. 

We’re asking all staff to please fill in this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/mealbreaks001 

We will share the information you give us directly with the HSE and the CQC – as we feel the Trust is not listening. We will also take your views into account around furthering our dispute.

The meal break changes we’re concerned about include:

Keeping crews available while they’re en-route to their meal break;

Removing the fixed meal point and moving to a ‘target rest break time;’

Standing crews down at the start or end of the meal break window;

Not allowing crews to pick up food en-route to their breaks;

Removal of the cross border protection to return crews to their area for their break.

UNISON is not in agreement for the above meal break changes to take place.

We also have concerns over the reduction in hours of the staff support desk and it’s planned removal.

Kind regards,

Fraer Stevenson

UNISON Branch Secretary

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