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  • Key workers
  • thegreatape
    Free Member

    Police and NHS (nurse) in our house so both still going to work so childcare could get tricky.

    Otherwise fine apart from a three day Glastonbury tailback while I’m waiting for tartanscarf up there to get a few more bog rolls out on the shelves.

    MrOvershoot
    Full Member

    Flour Milling
    I’m the engineering manager, we were already at about 95% capacity but now we are at 115% so base stocks are dropping all the time, we usually like to have 1000 Tonnes in stock for opening on a Monday.
    Its squeaky bum time at the moment, we have run 168hrs per week for the last 3 & that’s it as there are only 168 hours in a week except this one as its 167 🙁
    To compound this I have had to split the team up so unless its an emergency only 1 engineer on site at any one time. We usually have 4 at any one time which is not going to work long time for reliability.
    Oh and I’m on call from 20:00-07:00 all this week as well so I’m stroking my lucky Rabbits foot till its bald 😮

    welshfarmer
    Full Member

    Flat out with lambing here. Certainly don’t consider myself as a key worker, but I know there is a massive disconnect between the general urban consumer and primary food production, and the recent focus on the importance/role of the supermarkets has perhaps masked it even more. But without seeds being planted, and animals being bred, and the whole shebang nurtured until harvest, then at some point down the line the whole lot will come crashing down.

    ta11pau1
    Full Member

    a three day Glastonbury tailback

    Well, you learn something new every day…

    cheburashka
    Free Member

    Train driver. Astonished at the fact that not enough is being done to stop idiots from travelling. We are only supposed to be running for key workers and absolutely essential travel.

    There were rumours that British Transport Police were at Piccadilly station in Manchester and only letting key workers through into the station from the streets with proof (letter and/or ID) of their key worker status, no idea if that’s true but it needs to be done.

    notsospeedydaz
    Free Member

    Leading hand for a packaging compnay
    Busy as hell making up for the smokers that say they have to self isolate due to asthma!
    A few more off with symptoms? I think there will be a few firsts here for people getting c19 twice or even 3 times

    Anyone else feel work colleges are taking the michael?
    I’ve got my list for the first out the door when the down turn hits

    longmover
    Full Member

    I work in mining, the only reason I’m still working is because my flight was cancelled and the borders all locked down. Week 7 now and I do not know when I will get home, probably some time in august is my best guess.

    Bregante
    Full Member

    Cop in Manchester. Not “front line” uniform but still operational.

    Have you been given the same PPE as us? That is, **** all & a bottle of anti-bacterial hand gel in the car you share with umpteen others?

    We’ve been told “battle on, its business as usual” – by email obviously.

    Not yet seen any hand gel Mildred! We’ve been told its coming this week but as it will be in 5l tubs we have to find our own little bottles to decant it into. Each deployable vehicle has been equipped with a ‘COVID kit’. Consisting of an apron mask and gloves…..

    BenjiM
    Full Member

    Food manufacture and distribution (cheese and dairy mainly) massive shift in product format has caused a large number of losses and the usual suspects have scarpered to self isolate in the first week. Rough times but still need to go in. International hub for deliveries too.

    slackalice
    Free Member

    The large-ish estate and associated farm is operational and busy time of the year, so I’m thankful I’m still able to work.

    tthew
    Full Member

    Power station engineer. My role isn’t core operational any more, but our station manager seems to be on some matcho keeping the place running trip, even though other stations in our group are WFH where possible. He’s still sat in an office with the Engineering and Production managers, if one of them gets it, whole exec team are infected, the prick.

    reluctantjumper
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    Specialist courier, classed as a key worker due to what we deliver. Still in work as normal but there is a lot less to deliver and collect. We’ll never stop but there isn’t enough work for all of our drivers so it’s uncertain times.

    Nobeerinthefridge
    Free Member

    Mechanical engineer in a pharma plant, producing Penicillin. Theyve made all of us key workers, in reality it’s only operators and trades that are required on site, I’ll only be going in if there’s a breakdown requiring my support tbh.

    Very thankful I took the big step to leave aviation 5.5 years ago.

    Wife is a nurse, giving eye injections to keep folks from going blind, they’ll keep that service going as long as possible. 🙏🏻

    jimdubleyou
    Full Member

    I work in IT for a bank – we don’t have retail customers in the UK, but we’re still classed as a key worker (apparently).

    I’ve just had a week off, but I’ve been 100% WFH since early March (usually 40%).

    All actual work is suspended now, unless it’s regulator mandated. We’re focusing on keeping the lights on with a reduced workforce.

    Some teams are having to travel to the office, but there’s split teams and strict enforcement of what team is allowed in the office on what weeks. They have all been given a letter in case they get stopped by the police.

    jonba
    Free Member

    maccruiskeen
    Subscriber
    which is annoying as people are enjoying time off

    see the post a few above yours about processing hundreds of thousands of benefits claims. I don’t think many people are ’enjoying’ time off.

    If anyone in Newcastle needs a hand, I need the money – FMCG production experience and chemistry/lab if so thinking about QC work short term. Officially unemployed on 1st April. Going to look at volunteering this week but I’ve been focused on finding an income first. It appears all the jobs in supermarkets and farms weren’t around here.

    Relaxing it isn’t.

    But well done to all those still doing difficult jobs. Lots of talk of front line staff but I know a fair number in the Civil service (including my wife) and less glamorous roles who are putting in extra hours to keep things going.

    Bucko
    Full Member

    Paramedic here, and the wife is a critical care nurse. Pure luck that neither of us has got the rona yet

    squirrelking
    Free Member

    Power station operator here, been self isolated for 2 weeks past last Friday and not going back in until this Friday as we’ve shifted to 12 hour working. So I’ve had a fair amount of time off, thankfully I’m one of the few that has ended up in the house.

    And now I know where Phil and Nobeer work (or have a fair idea).

    Kato
    Full Member

    @mildred

    Yep. An absolute shambles

    doomanic
    Full Member

    Assembly fitter making plant for food and pharma industries. Several of our customers have asked for assurances that we will be able to supply spare parts so that was all the boss needed to call us essential workers. Production staff not happy as with some of the work social distancing can be difficult to maintain without working in an unsafe manner.

    maccruiskeen
    Full Member

    And now I know where Phil and Nobeer work (or have a fair idea).

    We now know where you work 🙂

    P-Jay
    Free Member

    IT consultant here and not a key worker. But my role is WFH or client sites, and as the clients are all working remotely I am now WFH all the time. So it’s basically normal work time for me – which is annoying as people are enjoying time off.

    Similar here, but I’ve been redeployed into IT Support. Our workload has increased 300% as all our clients are trying to WFH, it’s been very frustrating when a lot of them have dismissed the idea of Business Continuity planning / disaster recovery planning for years and now expect to take all their kit home and it just work as if they were in the office, immediately.

    I’m hoping as this become more normal this week I can get some more work setting up better remote working systems for clients than trying to remember how to set-up VPNs etc.

    Most of my mates work on construction sites in management so they’re kicking about at home spending about an hour a day on paperwork before watching netflix etc. I’m the one with a load of DIY jobs to do and no time to do it ha ha.

    Greybeard
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    welshfarmer
    Certainly don’t consider myself as a key worker

    I certainly consider you to be one

    grahamt1980
    Full Member

    Pharma medicine testing and release here, got my letter on Thursday, we are doing 2 days on site with 3 at home currently.
    closed and secure site so not too much of an issue, might even be able to do some running laps of the internal ring road at lunch

    Jamie
    Free Member

    Embedded in a NHS early intervention in psychosis team as an employment specialist, basically helping people back into work. Self isolating till Wednesday then being redeployed as a STW Worker just to make sure people are getting meds, doing ok and most importantly keeping stable/not deteriorating.

    I know the financial impact of all this is going to be a mess we’ll be crawling out from for years to come….but the mental health issues this causes/propagates is going to be a right pickle.

    kilo
    Full Member

    Law enforcement, non-operational at present. Currently sat in my secure office on a secure site doing things. No sign of being asked to go to operational work atm, although I did dig out my cuffs, asp and pava last week and start a go bag – god knows where my body armour is though. All my training and work has always been covert ops, so possibly of limited use – are we still using Judges’ Rules? Still get a hankering to get back outside though.

    squirrelking
    Free Member

    @maccruiskeen seems about right though I’m not a desk engineer.


    @kilo
    Justice Department called, they’re sending an H wagon to take you to the nearest sector house.

    cobrakai
    Full Member

    Air traffic control officer.

    Not much flying to be fair but the sky’s need to stay open and safe. Some sad non standard conversations with pilots

    Feel a bit if a fraud. Got friends in the NHS…..

    monkeysfeet
    Free Member

    Cop. I did the NCALT package…yaàay

    @kilo
    , Wooden truncheon and whistle still works….

    Houns
    Full Member

    I’m classed as a key worker and have a letter from my Director stating so

    I’m a chuffin Grounds Person (on a large estate with 3 care homes)

    So step aside all of you NHS, Police, Fire, Air traffic, food distribution etc above, I’m the real hero for keeping grass short

    🙄

    Ffs

    (I am grateful of actually being in work though, working outdoors is what my mental health needs right now)

    maccruiskeen
    Full Member

    I’m a chuffin Grounds Person (on a large estate with 3 care homes)

    much needed eye candy for the residents. Is it time for your Diet Coke break yet?

    Houns
    Full Member

    There are 80 private homes on the estate, i think the director (wfh) just wants us in to keep them off his back (they like to moan, and some would complain if we had to self isolate and grass wasn’t being cut)

    bearnecessities
    Full Member

    Cutting the grass is self oscilating.

    siwhite
    Free Member

    Another Police Officer here. Frontline response team Sergeant in a small East Anglian town. Wife is also in the job.

    Work have been good on any support that can be sent in an email, but less forthcoming with any physical PPE.

    We are all isolating as I started with symptoms this time last week. Due back to work next Monday when I fit back in my shift pattern.

    Flaperon
    Full Member

    Airline pilot. Gone from ferrying passengers around to (largely) freighter operations.

    maccruiskeen
    Full Member

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    Ming the Merciless
    Free Member

    Electrical Control Room Operator for Network Rail, currently on two weeks leave but then its back to work as someone has to manage our 33/22/11KV & 750DC network.

    kevs
    Free Member

    TRI (mobile train fitter) its a weird quiet time atm, haven’t been near a train for a while, just sat waiting for incidents.

    dienamic
    Full Member

    Cutting forme manufacturing here. Last week was a lot of new signage for supermarkets and some banking literature, then the last few days has been loads of formes for cutting Pvc face shields for the NHS.
    It’s certainly varied!

    alanl
    Free Member

    Electrician repairing faults in social housing (and now I’m an allrounder tradesman , as we’re so short of staff).
    We have 150+ workers doing repairs normally. There are 13 of us now.
    The number of calls has reduced, but we are doing more work than we’d normally do.
    And today has started with the idiots. 2 windows broken on one estate, as some idiot thought it’d be a good idea to smash windows with his air rifle at 2.30am last night.
    And another one today, “i tried to change my kitchen light yesterday, but it went bang, and I havent got any lights working at all now”
    I was there at 10.15am today, all curtains were closed, knocked 3 times over 5 minutes, and rang the house phone, they couldnt be bothered to get up, so they are still without lights.

    submarined
    Free Member

    Local Gov IT gimp. Usually applications integration and web stuff, but we’re all mucking in as much as we can with the helpdesk at the mo, as 400 or so people turn on their PC’s at home and expect to be able to just ‘dial in’.
    Never done first line support, always had a lot of respect for their patience and skills, now have even more.

    However, feel like an utter fraud being classed as a ‘key worker’. All I’m doing is following a set of instructions and emailing out documents.

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