November 20th, 2010

Creative accounting

Posted in The Job - Experience by 200

Anyone else’s force coming up with ever more creative ways to save cash.

Our latest is to say that, despite 32 years to my knowledge, Christmas Day & Boxing Days being regarded as bank holidays when the fall on a weekend, apparently they are no longer bank holidays. So the conditions of service that you signed up to all those years ago are no longer valid & the usual rights you would get for working a shift system which includes bank holidays no longer apply.

In order to save cash, we already know that the police force runs with a skeleton crew on a bank holiday, now even though shift numbers are around the skeleton crew numbers anyway, they are forcing people to take bank holiday leave. Except Christmas Day & Boxing Day are no longer bank holidays, so how can they force you to take bank holiday leave.

Gotta love the way they ride roughshod over their most precious commodity.

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9 comments

  1. Fee says:

    And to add insult to injury, we already get fewer holidays than any other country in Europe …

    November 21st, 2010 at 10:23

  2. JohnM says:

    Welcome to the world of wonder.
    I’ve been “treated” like that for decades in my occupation.
    I’ll admit that I had no trouble booking holidays, since when sick I was required to book it as such, and anyway, the way the work was they had periods when someone being on holiday was cheaper than having them stand around with a finger inserted anally.
    Bank holidays ?
    Got them all.
    Employers tend to regard employees as cattle for slaughter, sorry yours are the same as mine !

    November 21st, 2010 at 10:53

  3. Alan Harrison says:

    Workers have no rights since Thatcher destroyed the unions.

    We’ve been told we have to re-apply for our jobs. So that way no redundancy payments. Nice

    November 21st, 2010 at 13:08

  4. Plodnomore says:

    Surely Alan, the unions destroyed themselves? Politics aside, since when have Christmas Day and Boxing Day been decreed as not being bank holidays? Is there something I missed or is this just another cost-cutting exercise by the cretins who run the Police Forces? I employ 5 people, 2 full time and 3 part-time in my florists (new career after leaving the Job), and will be treating Christmas Day and Boxing Day as bank holidays. We would normally be open on Saturdays so this will be a day off with pay and as Boxing Day is on a Sunday, my staff will have a day off in lieu. This was acceptable to my (non-union) staff – mind you, one is my wife and another is the girl-friend of my eldest son!

    November 21st, 2010 at 14:41

  5. Shazbot says:

    I know of a force that is doing that to civvies but not to the officers …yet!

    November 21st, 2010 at 16:38

  6. Tony F says:

    Aye, the Unions thought that they were above the law, and they were soo wrong. Pity the politicians don’t seem to have learned the same lesson.

    November 21st, 2010 at 19:52

  7. Alan Harrison says:

    I left my last job because they decided they were not going to pay us extra for working bank holidays including xmas.

    I agree the unions did not help themselves but I think we miss them now.

    Oh and the new job, job cuts pay cuts and pension cuts.
    What is a contract worth?

    November 21st, 2010 at 23:02

  8. JohnM says:

    “Although many workers are given time off work on bank and public holidays, your employer is not required by law to allow you time off work on these days. And if they do give you the time off, they do not have to pay you for this time off. However, your contract of employment may give you the right to time off work on bank and public holidays. If so, it will also specify whether this time off will be paid or not”

    http://www.adviceguide.org.uk/nireland/your_money/employment/bank_and_public_holidays.htm#Dates_of_bank_and_public_holidays_in_Eng

    November 22nd, 2010 at 01:09

  9. Barry says:

    As Christmas Day and Boxing Day fall on the weekend the associated bank holidays are given on the following Monday and Tuesday. This is a good thing for some one like me who as an ordinary MOP who works 9 to 5 Monday to Friday in an office, as it means I don’t lose out on holidays. Unfortunately they use this to screw you right over with regards to your shift working.

    November 22nd, 2010 at 08:05

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