‘Action Short of a Strike’ launched – guidance below

As you know, 86% of our members voted for ‘Action Short of a Strike (ASOS)’ against compulsory redundancies, so we are initiating ASOS tomorrow, Tuesday 23rd June at a BBQ:

‘Reclaim your lunch hour’ with a FREE Buffet for UNISON members in the Rocket courtyard from 12-2pm. 

Please spread the word, come and enjoy free lunch and find out more about how you can support our dispute.

The action short of a strike that you should take is:

  1. A ban on overtime working.
  2. Not working outside contracted hours.
  3. Not covering for leave, sickness or training of colleagues.
  4. Not carrying out tasks where the required training has not been provided.
  5. Reading work related e-mails and the intranet during contracted hours only.
  6. Working fully to all procedures including health and safety.

Guidance

What happens if I am told to do something by my line manager?

If you are told by management to carry out a duty that is part of the action short of a strike politely and calmly tell them that they have been notified that you will not be doing this as part of the action short of a strike.

  1. A ban on overtime working.

The aim is to create as much of a backlog of work as possible. Agreeing to work overtime will restrict the effectiveness of our campaign. Remember that non-contractual overtime is only ever voluntary!

  1. Not working outside contracted hours.

Do not work longer than your contracted hours for the duration of the action i.e. 35 hours per week. You may work flexibly within your weekly hours and flexi-hours arrangements where these exist (providing you are on a contract that allows flexible working arrangements).

Take your full lunchtime entitlement. Take your lunch away from your desk so that you are not available to answer calls.

  1. Not covering for leave, sickness or training of colleagues.

Do not cover other people’s jobs when they are off through leave, training, sick etc.

  1. Not carrying out tasks where the required training has not been provided.

You should not carry out any task for which you have not received the required training. Request any training that you are entitled to.

  1. Reading work related e-mails and the intranet during contracted hours only.

Make sure that you read e-mails and information that is available on the intranet which relates to your role and your employment during your contracted hours and not at other times.

  1. Working fully to all procedures including health and safety.

Fully follow all work-related procedures, including all health and safety procedures.

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