Black Watch Workers – Minimum 3 Hour Payment For Call-Outs

Further to yesterday’s Newsletter No. 5, there have been further discussions between the Union and Fire Service management.

Essentially the situation as reported yesterday has not changed as a result of these discussions.

Obviously the intention of the Committee’s instruction to Black Watch workers to hand back pagers was to stop undertaking on-call duties – i.e. any response outside of normal working hours.

Any attempt to be contacted by phone should therefore be ignored.

Operational Officers should however continue to call for Specialist Fire Investigation Assistance required as in National Commander’s Instruction 51.

In the absence of any on-call response from Fire Safety Officers, these requests will be directed to the on-call Executive Officer.

Catch-Up Work – False Alarms

Further to yesterday’s Newsletter which addressed the issue of catch-up Purchase Card paperwork.

In some areas attempts have been made to get members to retrospectively undertake paperwork relating to False Alarms. This is presumably for the purpose of charging Building Owners.

As with the advice yesterday, catch-up paperwork relating to False Alarms is not to occur.

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