30 Sep 2019, 19:10
03 Oct 2019, 07:10
I have been driving for PF as a Christmas relief driver. Upon return to depot yesterday I noted the hire vans being readied for return, confirmed by being asked to fuel mine up and remove all 739s, stickers, tape, old manifests and any remains of attempts to eat a BLT triple on the North Wales expressway.
My question is this: When and how are we agency wallahs going to find out we're cut adrift and up the proverbial without a paddle, let alone a Sprinter? My debrief after an almost perfect and very enjoyable day of largely rural drops with just one residential 739 where all the neighbours three doors either side were out (three businesses were closed but we knew that would be the case going in and I still managed to shift the bulk drop) included the words "phone call on Thursday" which could mean me ringing them or vice versa.
For the avoidance of doubt, I found my depot relaxed and easy-going, the work largely enjoyable for the most part and certainly wouldn't object to a few on-going days as a relief driver. There are the usual lack of communication issues (for example, I had to wait for them to ring me to get the depot telephone number) but better that than being micro-managed to the point of feeling stifled.
03 Oct 2019, 12:37
03 Oct 2019, 13:34
iainwilson wrote:Using extra agency temps to replace striking drivers is illegal.
04 Oct 2019, 20:16
Woody Guthrie wrote:iainwilson wrote:Using extra agency temps to replace striking drivers is illegal.
Not necessarily Iain.
An agency can recruit and supply staff to the business as long as the business then employs them directly. If the business employs them directly even on a short term contract they are free to move them anywhere in the business even to carry out the work of striking staff.
05 Oct 2019, 03:14
You can’t hire agency staff to provide temporary work cover during a strike