Ah I did not realise is was based at different locations so the isue makes more sense now.swamper said:yep John we already went down that route and have been told we are to do 3.5 hours.........leave site at 12.30.....but the grudge comes as some of the jobs can be 2 hours drive home on a bank holiday or worse...so the lads are getting back mid afternoon.......how can that be half day?
we have to accept that in real terms we have just lost our bank holidays............
this is just one of many cuts that they have made and it seems that its always the engineers that take the brunt of it...
this is a wealthy company who made millions in the first quarter profit.......but they still penny pinch.
if my theory is right i don't think they are trying to save money as such.....i think they are trying to make the estate/ engineering force...look better than it is....ready to sell us on
I think Boards comments are logical. This is one instance when a union would be useful but I assume you don't have one (can't believe I said that lol) and another example of how useless ACAS are.
Unfortunately in this climate large companies can take advantage and often do of people just being grateful of keeping a job which allows them to get away with a lot more than normal in a growing market.
Unless specified in your contract this is probably a case of custom and practice ie if travel time was allowed in the working day previously then it should be now.
If not (which I assume is the case) it is more of a grey area but you would probably have a case for change of conditions which you should be compensated for (eg overtime for travel). The problem is the word probably and this is why a union representing you as a group would be the ideal otherwise there is a financial risk taking it to an employment tribunal (a solicitor would love this one as its a win win for them !)
You have to give it to whichever bright spark came up with this one though ;-)
Edit: just seen your later post which crossed mine ie that you get paid overtime for the travel. I think they are being reasonable to be honest.