Since the last visit where we discussed the kitchen remodelling and your part in it, we figured out a way forward in which we could approach the difference of opinion between ourselves and the THS regarding your roles in the process.
We agree with your position that the kitchen works is a major redevelopment, not maintenance and should not be getting completed or overseen by the F&E maintenance team on the current classification arrangements. It was decided that we would write to Josh to request a More Responsibility Duties Allowance for F&E staff during the period of the redevelopment and for a toolbox meeting with Josh, HACSU and F&E members to work through the issue. If the issue wasn’t addressed to your satisfaction the option of working to your SOD, rather than over and above it, until alternative arrangements are made was flagged.
Off the back of this, last week we wrote to Josh only to receive a disappointing response designed to avoid the issues at hand. We were advised on Monday that a MRDA could be looked at but, this will not be looked at until after works had been completed. I don’t think you need to be Einstein to figure out that this will not be agreed to after you have done the work, they will already have what they wanted so why would they? And to follow on, they will have a meeting but again, they want this after works are completed as you were already in the kitchen completing the works.
I’m don’t know about you but I find this proposal totally unacceptable. I find it upsetting that they won’t give you the courtesy to discuss such contentious issues but expect you to do the work.
Unfortunately when we were informed that some kitchen works had started irrespectively it diminished our negotiating power. From here we have put ourselves in a tough position so we need to make a decision and stick to it as a group.
To my mind our options are:
Option B is only an option if you are all prepared to stand together. MRDA has been agreed to by the THS in other areas of the NWRH so we know the ability is there but, in these cases the staff united as one leaving the THS in a tough position. Remember, a single stick is easy broke, a bunch of sticks can’t be broken!
We'll be in touch and visit in the next few days to discuss things further but in the interim, don’t hesitate to call and inform us of progressions and any changes.