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Unite calls for talks over dock worker shifts

Unite calls for talks over dock worker shifts

20 January 2017

Unite the union has called for talks over plans to change shift patterns for dock workers in Peterhead.

The union says workers employed by the oil and gas logistics company ASCO are deeply unhappy about proposals to move them on to new shifts that won’t have set working hours, and that could see them called in to work different hours at short notice, as and when the company requires them. 

Unite regional officer Victor Fraser said: “We have carried out consultations with Unite members at ASCO in Peterhead, and they have been unanimously against the introduction of these shift patterns.

“Workers deserve to be able to plan their lives so that they can get proper rest, and so they can properly enjoy their family and social life. Our members believe these shift patterns don’t allow for that. 

“It’s also recognised by the Health & Safety Executive that irregular working hours and badly-planned shift patterns are a major cause of worker fatigue, and the consequences of that could be extremely serious. 

“We urge ASCO to sit down with Unite to discuss our members’ concerns, and if ASCO wants to be recognised as a reasonable employer then it should not force through any changes without proper discussion and negotiation.”

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Notes to editors 

For further information contact Unite Scotland press officer David Eyre on 07960 451631 / david.eyre@unitetheunion.org