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15th March 2019

First of all, W57 branch would like to thank all the members who attended our quarterly branch meeting on Tuesday 12th March, it was great to see so many of you there. As was informed at the meeting, there was a meeting scheduled for yesterday, Thursday 14th March at Head Office where the agenda item ‘unreasonable work rotas/patterns’ was scheduled to be discussed. This meeting has now taken place and we would like to provide an update.

GMB raised that the new interim rotas are causing a lot of upset, anger and frustration within both DC’s. This is due to the detrimental impact to work-life balance and the requirement to work a hugely increased amount of weekends which inevitably will lead to reduced family time and potentially have an impact on team members wellbeing.

Following the meeting a number of items were discussed in relation to the number of Saturdays for 5/6 contracts, the number of weekends for 5/7 and the small frequency of two days off together. We are pleased to inform you that all of these items will be reviewed over the next 14 days to see if there are any changes that can be made. GMB have been clear that some movement is necessary on the above points. In addition, a further meeting has been scheduled for next week to further discuss what the future permanent working patterns may look like.

GMB will reassess the situation as things develop and provide updates at the earliest opportunities.

We would remind you that any post on Facebook, Twitter etc is subject to the Wilko social media policy and as such, we will take steps to protect our members and delete any offensive or aggressive comments. Please continue to support your GMB reps and continue to provide them with constructive feedback throughout this process so that we can make sure your voice is heard.

Posted: 15th March 2019

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