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BT: Parking at Home - Recommendations

28 March 2009

At Annual Conference 2008 a motion was carried that called on the T&FSE to negotiate an agreement with BT on Parking at Home.

The CWU Head Office team raised a number of concerns with Openreach (as the business unit most affected) arising from misinterpretation and abuse of the Parking at Home (PAH) guidelines as set out in the ISIS document (PNL/EMP/C051).

At the outset the Union urged the company to come to an agreement on PAH so that the process could be jointly policed. The union formally asked Openreach representatives to convey this request to BT Group Employee Relations. Disappointingly the company does not believe there is any requirement to change the standing of the current PAH policy.

During the discussions with Openreach the CWU made a number of suggestions as to how the ISIS document could be made clearer.

  • The old and confusing terminology of "Office" and "Home to Office" would be changed. Members will be aware of the confusion and abuse in what was regarded as an individualís headquarters ("Office"). Similarly, all of the recruits over the last few years have never actually had a BT building as a headquarters. This issue is resolved by identifying a fixed point in the centre of the Normal Work Area and known as the Central Location. The term "Home to Office" has been replaced with Commute Time; the time to travel to and from the centre of the Normal Work Area and should, by definition, be fixed.
  • The Contribution Time is the extra 15 minutes at the beginning and end of the day. The revised ISIS makes clear in the section on Commitment Time that daily activities such as vehicle checks and signing on are done within this time not as an addition.
  • Where Team Members park at an operational building or TEC at the behest of the Company, they are NOT regarded as home parkers.

The CWU Executive hope this revised version proves useful and brings some clarity to the process. The CWU Executive will continue to urge BT to come to a negotiated agreed document with us.