June 15th, 2011

No, Mr Bond, I expect you to work harder

Posted in The Job - Experience by 200

I’ve lost count of the amount of time I say I’m always amazed how much worse this job gets.

It’s almost like someone in one of the officer who run the joint (the control room, that is) is sitting back in a large reclining director’s chair, elbows poised on the arm rests, tips of fingers lightly resting against the opposite hand’s fingers whilst watching a bank of large flat-screen monitors with cameras pointed at all the controllers.

A fluffy white cat purrs loudly on his lap. An evil smile crawls across his face as he chuckles to himself, ‘now, what can I do today to make one of them break? come on, who’s going to snap first?’

Chuck out the working time directives on maximum working times without a break from the screen? done that. Take away the ‘privilege’ of being allowed to eat hot food at the desk? old hat. Make them wait 7 hours for a break in a 10-hour shift? nobody blanched. Take 25% of their staff away from radio control but leave the same workload? Easy peasy. Show support by suggesting that if they don’t like the changes they can get a new job? Send random messages around the room asking them to hurry up what they’re doing & answer the phones when they’re at their busiest so it really winds them up? Do it all the time. Cut their wages & make them sign new conditions of service otherwise they’re out. Simples. Send emails to everyone blaming extra work on people who go sick? Kindergarten stuff. Reduce staff so the number of ‘spare’s to help out when things get really really busy is zero? Child’s play.

Let rumours circulate that there will be amalgamations with other control rooms & people will lose their jobs (especially anyone who finds the current conditions ‘difficult’),

Yeah that’ll keep them in their place for a while longer.


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  1. JohnM says:

    The working time directive only applies to time spent AT work (most sign the opt-out so it only applies in their cases to night workers who CANNOT opt out)
    In your case it would be the Display Screen Equipment Regulations 1992 (2003)
    Viewable at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/msd/dse/guidance.htm
    The amendments exempting police from some H&S regulation have now been amended (!) so will not become law.

    June 16th, 2011 at 07:24

  2. soud1 says:

    Are you sure you haven’t been hired as a consultant by the PSNI?

    I’ve mates in the main control room and they are all being shafted by the restructure of it by group of wasters called R4.
    This is a group of internal lick-spittles and spineless office jockey promotion chasing wasters from Onan.

    These lot our responsible for “modernising” the control room and working practice.Of course not one has spent any time being a controller at all and wouldn’t know their arse from an elbow.
    Three different shift patterns in one room! Civilian staff losing £2000 a year and other ex peelers like yourself taking a pay cut as well.
    it’s obviously the way forward.

    I don’t know how you stick it 200 weeks.Good luck to you.You deserve better.

    June 16th, 2011 at 16:18

  3. Mrs Mop says:

    You are all complete mugs and assholes for allowing this and obviously have no standards or principles.If you allow yourself to be treated as shite you become shite and you will be treated with complete contempt and disrespect as long as you allow this to continue. I speak from bitter experience, I refused to be treated as shite, losing my employment and career as a consequence but I remained true to my beliefs, morals and principles and am proud to say when required I had the bottle to stand up and fight for my rights and the greater good.

    June 19th, 2011 at 00:16

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