Sunday, 22 May 2016

Being paid for overtime has been banned in a Burton warehouse!

There are many, many warehouses in the Burton area.  Some very strange and dodgy things happen in the sites that don't recognise Unite.....

Two weeks ago I took a call from a worker who told me about a quite extraordinary announcement.

"Due to budget constraints. the business is no longer able to pay for overtime worked.  Overtime will continue to be required.  We are pleased to be able to offer TOIL (time off in lieu) for overtime worked."

I laughed.  This was a new one!

Because of fear, none of the workers had dared complain - apart from the one person that rang me. This worker needed the issue sorting as she worked regular overtime.  She was also concerned she had made herself some sort of target for speaking out.

I wrote a letter of grievance for her.

She hasn't had a a reply, and I suspect she won't get one.

But three days after putting the grievance in,  management issued a further statement to all staff, The new line confirms that overtime will continue to be paid.  The memo suggests that some workers had misunderstood it's previous notice!

The extent to which dodgy employers will try it on never ceases to amaze me.