Dispute – On-call Rosters – Minimum three hour payment for call-out

A Dispute has recently arisen in the Southern Region relating to two unilateral decisions by management (at some level), to overturn longstanding and agreed arrangements. 

  1. On-Call Rosters
    Management has unilaterally determined to introduce a new and oppressive on-call roster for Fire Safety Officers in Southern Region.
  2. Management has unilaterally determined to stop making a 3 hour minimum payment for a call-out.

The Union has put into dispute both these determinations. Particularly as regards the 3 hour minimum payment, this payment was still being made at the time the Dispute arose – and in fact Fire Service is still making a minimum 3 hour payment in some Regions.

However, in other Regions, the Union was advised yesterday that the minimum 3 hour payment had just been stopped. One member had money deducted from wages in regard to a minimum 3 hour payment already made,

This action is a clear breach of the Peace Obligation as in the Collective Agreement.

Herewith is a letter sent to the Acting Chief Executive/National Commander regarding this matter.

Part 4 – Working Party

The Working Party arising out of the Collective Agreement settlement is presently being established.

As part of the Union’s preparations for this exercise, a letter and questionnaire will shortly be forwarded to all Black Watch members seeking information that will assist Union Representatives on the Working Party.
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