UNISON has been pushing the employer – @coventrycc – on issues for members working at home. The key issues that we have been raising is about flexi-time being denied to members and the provision of equipment due to working from home going to be longer term than was originally thought.
HR have now confirmed to UNISON that they are not advising that flexi cannot be accrued or used and that they met with all senior service managers last week to confirm that fact.
If your manager is denying you the use of Flexi then please get in touch so that we can resolve this issue.
The issue of equipment is still not resolved with the employer – we continue to raise individually on behalf of members and collectively that people are struggling to work at home due to lack of proper equipment.
Strategic Management Board did confirm this week that they are looking into this matter now and hope to come back shortly with some responses on the issues we have been raising.
UNISON believe that the employer needs to ensure that people have the same ability to work in proper surroundings whether they are at home or in the office and it is not acceptable that four months into this crisis people are not able to access equipment that they need. If you have concerns about lack of equipment then please get in touch.
The other big issue is returning to work – it is clear that with social distancing in force not all staff will be able to return to their normal place of work full time. We continue to work with service areas on risk assessments and proposals for this to happen safely where it can.
Libraries have consulted on their risk assessments and UNISON have been very impressed with the work that they have done and the approach to joint working. If your manager is starting to talk about a return to work then please get in touch and check that we are aware and included in those discussions.