At work we have a new HR Dragon and she is putting a spanner in the works. We are now allowed to work 12hr days as the job is behind schedule, but she says we cant work more than 6 12hr shifts in a row without a day off, or 12 12hr shifts without 2 days off. So thats either a Sunday off every week or a Saturday and Sunday off every other week.
She says this comes from the EU working time directive. I cant see this mentioned ANYWHERE!
We have all opted out of the 48hr working week BTW.
From the gov.uk site...
***The Working Time Regulations entitle all (* see Exceptions below) Workers and Employees to:
A minimum Daily Rest period of 11 hours uninterrupted rest between finishing your job and starting the next day. (Workers aged between 15-18 are entitled to a minimum daily rest break of 12 hours).
A Weekly Rest period of 24 hours uninterrupted rest within each seven day period (Young Workers aged 15-18 are entitled to 48 hours); or, at the Employers choice, a Fortnightly Rest Period of 48 consecutive hours within each 14 day period***
I see the word 'entitle'. Surely this just means the managment can not stop you from taking the breaks but cant make you.
I am a foreman and my guys are constantly asking for proof. HR just say 'look on the HSE website'. They are useless. HR, not HSE!
Everyone here understands safe working practices and not working tired, bla bla bla, but they just want something official, written down, that they can work from.
Rumour control is non existent on a building site!
We build oil rigs BTW