Out Of Hours advice

UNITE reps across the country have been deluged with queries as the company sends out 5500 individual letters to employees who have been paid for working overtime, shifts or standby in the last year or so.
UNITE welcomes the initiative to check the data held on the HR database with employees, as it appears that a huge proportion of it is wildly inaccurate.
However, the process isn’t going well, and employees should also be aware of significant risks if they respond incorrectly.
If you confirm data that isn’t correct, the company could use it as evidence to reduce your future entitlements. It is VITAL that you check the information carefully before returning the form – better to return nothing than return something wrong that could be used against you. Best of all to return something right. If in doubt, members can check with their reps.
One particular point to watch out for is that the company have put “No Eligibility” in many of the boxes if people haven’t recently been paid for a particular form of “out of hours” working. Many employees are misinterpreting this to mean “not eligible because I don’t work this at the moment”. It actually means “not eligible for payment even if I work this in future” – quite a difference! Unless you have something in your contract specifically saying you are NOT entitled to payment, we would advise against accepting “No Eligibility” in any of the boxes.

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Unite members working for Fujitsu Services Limited in the Manchester bargaining unit have taken 32 strike days over compulsory redundancies, victimisation of reps and breaches of agreements. This follows 27 previous days of strike action.

Industrial action is currently suspended but the fight continues.

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