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Openreach SD / NO&TV: Attendance Changes

30 August 2013

You will have received an invite to attend a huddle with your manager to be given a presentation on the company’s intention to impose a five-day week on all those who currently work a pattern with a longer day and a rest day off (RDO). They also intend to impose scheduling work beyond your rostered finish time which will trigger you working flex. Additionally, they will also set out how, if you are currently on a five-day week, your start and finish times will be affected with starts as late as 11.00am. The number of Saturday attendances may also be affected as well as a continued requirement for late attendances beyond 6pm.

Many members have contacted the branch asking for us to be present at these huddles unfortunately the branches of the CWU have not been invited to attend. In our absence we wanted to ensure that members are sending the same message across to Openreach by posing the questions that have been prepared in the briefing below.

If you have any concerns before or after these huddles please do not hesitate to contact the branch.

Openreach Proposals

At the huddle your manager will give a presentation on the company’s intention to impose a five-day week on all those who currently work a pattern with a longer day and a rest day off (RDO). They also intend to impose scheduling work beyond your rostered finish time which will trigger you working flex. Additionally, they will also set out how, if you are currently on a five-day week, your start and finish times will be affected with starts as late as 11.00am. The number of Saturday attendances may also be affected as well as a continued requirement for late attendances beyond 6pm.

The intended changes have not been agreed with the CWU. The CWU have made clear to Openreach that they are willing to discuss how the issues the company believe they have, can be resolved within the terms of the Service Delivery Transformation agreement. This continues to be our position, but to date, no progress has been made.

Questions for your Manager

In order to ensure that you get the complete picture during your huddle, the CWU would suggest you and your colleagues ask your Operating Manager the following questions at the appropriate point during the huddle. You should also use the opportunity to make your views known about the changes.

  • The SDT agreement was accepted by members of the CWU in a democratic ballot, why is Openreach ignoring that fact and intending to introduce these changes which are out-with the agreement?
  • Why do you believe that someone on a five-day week is more valued by the Company than those of us on a four-day week or nine-day fortnight?
  • How many jobs per day is the difference between five-day workers and non five-day workers and how is this calculated?
  • It has been stated that safety during winter is a key consideration. Why then is there the need to continue work in low ambient conditions?
  • How many incidents during winter months have been directly due to the low ambient conditions?
  • Why are you going to schedule work which goes beyond my end of day finish and will trigger flex?
  • When I get a ‘ring control’ in the afternoon at present and accept another job I get paid overtime. Will that continue when you introduce the additional 30 minutes at the end of the day?
  • Will I still be able to chose to decline a job which goes beyond my end of day finish and flex off as I do now?
  • If agreement cannot be reached with the CWU will Openreach impose the changes to attendances and flex?

The CWU is committed to trying to reach a position where any changes are agreed and within the SDT agreement. We will keep you updated with any progress made. We would appreciate you telling us what happens in your huddle and your views on the changes to attendances and flex.