Wanted at Wednesbury: night shifts and, erm, running water? July 29, 2009Posted by tomcwu in Health & Safety, Shifts, Wednesbury.
Should the night shift be brought back?
Night shift workers transferred onto day shifts at Wednesbury Logistic Centre are convinced that overtime working on Saturdays is proof that the company’s decision to cease the night shift was badly judged. Many of the night shift workers are unhappy that they have been forced onto days – one CWU member said, “Many people have been working on nights for years – they have family responsibilities that mean they need to be available during normal working hours, and the night shift meant they could do that.” She added, “The company hasn’t been very sensitive over the hours people work on the day shift either – which would have been one way of giving people the flexibility they need to care for their families”. Workers at the site report there is a backlog of repairs already, in spite of the overtime, and many would be happy to see the night shift return.
Tapping your potential!
A recent crisis at Wednesbury Logistics Centre highlighted the need for health and safety reps at the site. The water supply to the site was cut for several hours on Monday 27th July; fortunately only for a few hours but the impact on staff at the site was immediate – with no drinking water, no flushing toilets and no way of washing their hands.
The Health and Safety Executive advice in such situations is for Health and Safety reps to liaise with the company to find ways of working around the problem – unfortunately we don’t have any safety reps at Wednesbury! Could you be that rep? It’s a positive role and one for which you will receive training and plenty of CWU support. Help make a positive difference at work and add to your CV. Contact CWU organiser Alan Smith on 07894 461710 or email@example.com