Think pressure needs to be applied to angard. Maybe if as many people as possible, & of course encourage your colleagues to write or email angard it may have an effect.
Lots of stuff about it here; http://m.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=1873
. I think they will have to refund us money deducted for breaks as it is probaly illegal to do what they have done. The union at my branch has no interest in becoming involved & angard said in October they would look in to it, but to no avail.
Sending something similar to this in mass might help, obviously changing it about a bit would be best.
Subject: Workers regulations
We believe that agency workers employed by Angard staffing, are being treated unfairly and discriminated against by Royal Mail in particular XXXXXX branch, when compared to permanent Royal Mail staff and have been for a long time. Here are a few examples:
We are forbidden from using the car park, gym (where applicable), also communal computers. We are not supplied with appropriate and safe footwear/uniform, for example steel toe cap boots & hi vis jackets when working in DSA areas.
Royal Mail staff receive PAID breaks and PAID lunch breaks (as do agency workers at other RM branches and which use a different agencies). Particular, less desirable jobs are delegated to the 'casuals' (cut and tip, making sleeves up, pushing out) because Royal Mail staff believe these are menial jobs. Discounts to various outlets. Free stamps at Christmas (we previously got these)
I believe this is in violation of The Agency Workers Regulations 2010 ("Subject to regulation 7, an agency worker (A) shall be entitled to the same basic working and employment conditions as A would be entitled to for doing the same job"), although I understand that Angard is not necessarily responsible for this we would appreciate any feedback.
A number of us have contacted Angard staff and tried to discuss this with Royal Mail managers but neither of you will enter into a conversation with us. Are these queries we should now take up with a government body?
Your comments please,