We wrote to Eskleigh to say we don’t agree that their changes to the motor vehicle policy are enforceable, and we’ve received the following reply:
“In relation to the motor vehicle policy, at no time would Eskleigh deduct money from an employee’s pay, without their prior knowledge. The policy was amended to reflect the fact that we reserve the right to have a conversation with staff if they are consistently involved in incidents that result in damage to Eskleigh’s vehicle fleet. Eskleigh will always engage with staff to understand the reason(s) for the incidents first and consider other strategies such as re-training. There may be instances where it is deemed appropriate for Eskleigh to recoup some costs from staff - for multiple instances of vehicle damage but again, this would only occur after thorough consultation with the staff member. I acknowledge that the wording of the revised policy is a bit ambiguous, we will be reviewing the wording for clarity.”
We are still of the belief that if an employee is unfortunate enough to have an accident while performing their duties at Eskleigh, then they or their insurer should pay the costs.
We look forward to seeing the revised policy to make sure this is addressed.
Hope this clears up any member concerns.