Working time directive and meal break changes for front-line staff.
On Thursday last week we raised with the Trust that some of the meal break changes they are planning to pilot from 12th July breach the working time directive and are likely to negatively impact on staff.
The Trust has not responded to our written concerns.
We will share the information you give us details 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.
UNISON has been informed that the cover on the staff support desk has been reduced to save money - and since then, we have seen increased numbers of staff getting in touch about late finishes and the lack of support.
The Trust committed to moving the incremental pilot over late finishes forwards and set out in writing the move to IX zero, which would have incorporated more crews. This commitment appears to have stalled.
Please can you fill in this survey to help us to challenge the Trust and act on your feedback:
A complete update of the journey so far around late finishes/meal breaks is being published in our next newsletter.
UNISON Branch Secretary
Survey from MIND
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MIND are now running a further survey for all staff and volunteers in the emergency services.
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20th April at the Cambridge Development Centre 13:00 - 16:30
2nd May at HQ, Melbourn 13:00 - 16:30