April 16th, 2008

Rules is Rules

Posted in The Job - Experience by 200

So I had another rest day cancelled. They can do that to police officers, they can’t do it to civilian (or ‘support’) staff, so when they are short, or when there’s a bit of a do coming up & they can’t get the volunteers, they cancel he officers leave. That’s why they have police officers in the control room, because we have no rights unlike the support staff who can refuse to work overtime, rest days & can take industrial action. If they had no officers in there & something happened the wheel would fall off & society would grind to a halt.

They are great at quoting regulations, when it suits. If you want to work two rest days runnign they won’t let you because rules is rules, but if they decide they are too short, can’t get anyone else, they can cancel your 2 rest days (it’s OK, you can have them re-rostered to a day of their choosing since you won’t be able to take it on a day of your own choosing).

They cancelled a weekend for me recently so I had to go in and work a late shift. It doesn’t matter that it was the only weekend off in 9 & I had planned to go to the coast with my family. But rules is rules so they have to give me back a day on a like for like basis, which means I’m entitled to a weekend late shift off in recompense. I’ve emailed the personnel people. They have to re-roster my owed rest weekend within 4 days of me working my days off. They’ve not bothered to reply & haven’t rostered a weekend off for me. They’ve not got many to choose from as I’ll be leaving in under 50, 2/5ths of which I’m off, 1/5th is earlies 1/5th is nights leaving only 10 late shift weekends they can choose from. And I thought I’d I’d left that behind what with having had to put up with it for 28 years or so already. (before all the non control room police officers start bitching about how good we have it in the control room)

The regulations say they have to re-roster within 4 days of the weekend I worked, that was almost a month ago. I’ll probably just have to retire a weekend earlier than expected.

It’s OK though, ‘cos rules is rules.

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