Branch Secretary's Blog

Branch Secretary’s Blog

Service Delivery Review

We are currently in the process of having early discussions with the management who have approached us saying that they wish to have a wholesale review of how the service we provide is delivered. At the time of writing, we have no idea what they actually want to change, if anything.

We are in no doubt that operationally, one of the most contentious things they will want to look at is Meal Breaks. Those of us who have been here for a long time have been through this process time and time again and we have yet to reach an agreement that gives us all that we were promised. The last time we did this was in 2009 where the current meal policy was agreed. At that time we had senior managers insisting that if we agreed to the changes that we did, they would deliver on getting crews fed at a reasonable time and to reduce late finishes. I don't need to tell you how well that worked.

We are getting organised as a union to deal with what we think may involve significant changes. We are liaising closely with our Trade Union Partners and we are working together to ensure that collectively, we get the best possible outcome for our members.

At the time of writing this blog, no discussions have taken place. Do you have any thoughts on the current meal policy? Do you have any ideas on what needs to change, if anything? Let us know by using the contact page: