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Amey Spring Update

22 March 2017

Are Amey planning to watch you while you sleep? The latest on pay talks, holiday pay and Safety Reps.

Download our latest circular in PDF format here:    Amey Spring Update

Pay cap? “No thanks!”

Thanks to everyone who participated in our online pay referendum in February. Over three quarters (77%) voted to say we should reject the company’s proposal to cap pay increases at 3%. For full details, see our circular at http://bit.ly/AmeyPay17

Our national representatives met the company on 1 March to formally reject the offer. Management representatives agreed to meet us for further talks, scheduled for 12 April. If you haven’t completed the referendum survey already you can vote online at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/AmeyPay17. In the meantime, staff covered by collective bargaining will receive the minimum guaranteed increase of 3% as set out in the 2014 offer.

Dozens of Amey staff have joined our union in recent weeks to get involved and have a say. If you have a colleague who is still not in a union, please encourage them to join us online today.

Signs of movement on holiday pay?

Over 97% of you said that Amey should commit to a joint holiday pay agreement that includes no less than your legal entitlements to include overtime in holiday pay calculations. This powerful mandate is helping us to get the company back to the negotiating table to agree a fair policy. Our Reps explained that TSSA members would rather Amey spend money supporting their employees than on company lawyers defending complicated legal claims. Until we have agreed an improved policy, we believe that members who are required to work overtime are being treated unlawfully by Amey’s imposed arrangements. If you believe you may have a claim, contact the Members’ Helpdesk or your Rep to discuss how our union can support you.

Watching you while you sleep? Not without agreement!

Rumours are circulating that Amey are planning to force staff to wear electronic tags twenty-four hours a day, following Amazon and Tesco, who have been the subject of recent media attention as they force staff to wear trackers that monitor toilet breaks and ever-increasing productivity. Amey told us that they are paying for a 30-day trial within Electrification with volunteers wearing a Fatigue Science Readiband™ Sleep Tracker around the clock. The North American provider uses a fatigue prediction model called SAFTE, developed by the US Military, with wearable technology to guess when a worker’s fatigue might become dangerous based on how much sleep they had. The promotional material quoted by Amey refers to “proven science” used “to accurately predict human fatigue”.

The company’s website links to scientific studies of their model for predicting fatigue, one of which criticises the inability to assess the impact of variables such as age or the amount of sleep required by a specific individual to perform effectively, “while the model may be helpful in the “prediction of average group performance or for design of a generic schedule to be used by an entire work force.”* It seems unlikely that the costs will present good value for money in reducing fatigue risk compared to more obvious alternatives, such as filling staff vacancies, creating more posts to avoid excessive shifts, and employing drivers rather than force fatigued employees to get behind the wheel.

Participation in the trial is voluntary, meaning that those who are under surveillance by their employer while they sleep can opt out at any time. Amey say they will share their analysis with our Reps after the trial. We have secured an agreement with Lee Jones, Director of Rail, that there will be no implementation of the technology beyond the trial without first agreeing a policy with our union. This gives us the ability to ensure that Amey cannot breach our members’ human rights and to restrict the use of the technology for performance or disciplinary purposes. Our safety Reps will continue to push for effective solutions to fatigue related risk.

* Fatigue Models for Applied Research in Warfighting (https://www.fatiguescience.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/SAFTE-Validation-in-US-Army-Soldiers.pdf)

Do you want to make a difference?

Health & Safety Reps make a massive difference in the workplace. The DTI report, Workplace Representatives: A Review of Their Facilities & Facility Time, estimates that safety representatives prevent between 8,000 – 13,000 workplace accidents and between 3,000 – 8,000 work-related illnesses each year. For information, visit the H&S Reps’ area of our website:

https://www.tssa.org.uk/en/Your-union/health-and-safety/health-and-safety-reps-zone.cfm

We have vacancies for local H&S Reps around the company. To download a nomination form, go to http://bit.ly/TSSAamey and click the link for your area of the business.

· Not a member yet: Join online at www.tssa.org.uk/join

 · Already a member: Visit www.tssa.org.uk/amey

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