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checkoutmonkey

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Flexi Contracts
« on: 21-07-19, 08:49PM »
Is anyone able to advise me regarding the new flexi contracts - am I right to say that anyone is allowed to opt in and out freely, and nobody can be FORCED to consistently be made to work overtime even if it is within their previously stated availability?

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Re: Flexi Contracts
« Reply #1 on: 21-07-19, 09:01PM »
You can't opt in and out freely. If your a flexi worker that's it. You can move over to a flexi contract.
As a flexi worker you could be asked to work upto 48 hours minus off your contract hours.
They can give you upto 24 hrs notice of change.
Have you done a availability form for your availability? Checkoutmonkey

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Re: Flexi Contracts
« Reply #2 on: 21-07-19, 09:05PM »
Are you sure this is correct? The flexi forms ask you to give a minimum and maximum number of hours that you want to work. Surely in effect you could state that you are unwilling to work additional hours above of your contract, and give 0 availability outside of your contract? I should clarify that this is not regarding my own hours, but some of my colleagues who are constantly given hours they can’t work with no option to change their availability.

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Re: Flexi Contracts
« Reply #3 on: 21-07-19, 09:10PM »
Part-time flexible contract
A colleague employed on this contract type will have a core set of hours, which will not change each week, and additional hours within an agreed ‘Availability Window’, which will vary depending on the needs of the business.

Core hours are worked on fixed days and hours. The ideal number of core hours per week is between 10 and 16. The minimum number of core hours should be 7.5 per week, unless the colleague has requested to work less than 7.5 hours and this can be accommodated by the store. No stand-alone shift should be less than 3 hours.

Colleagues should agree when they will be available to work additional hours, this will be their ‘Availability Window’. Any additional hours worked must fall within this Availability Window. However, they will only ever be expected to work up to a maximum of 36.5 hours a week (core and additional hours combined).

Any additional hours the colleague is required to work should be communicated with 7 days’ notice. If this isn’t possible, a minimum of 24 hours’ notice should be given; however, this should be the exception rather than the norm. Colleagues will be expected to work additional hours when they fall within their agreed Availability Window, providing they have been asked to work these hours within the required notice period. The minimum number of stand-alone additional flexible hours offered per day is 3.

Core hours can be contracted for Sunday but additional hours should not be scheduled for Sundays. Colleagues can volunteer for normal overtime on a Sunday.

Core hours may fall on a bank holiday. Additional hours, however, should not be scheduled for a bank holiday and colleagues should volunteer for normal overtime on a bank holiday. The appropriate premium payments will be paid if hours are worked during the night, or on a Sunday or bank holiday.

 

All colleagues, regardless of contract type, should have an equal opportunity to work overtime on a Sunday or bank holiday.

Full-time flexible contract
Colleagues are contracted to 36.5 hours per week over 5 days. The hours and days may vary each week. Colleagues will be asked to work shifts within the days and hours that they have agreed they are available to work (their Availability Window). The Availability Window must be discussed and agreed at interview and confirmed in writing with the job offer, and will form part of the terms and conditions of their contract.

A colleague’s Availability Window should be no less than 50 hours per week, with no upper limit. However, they will only be asked to work 36.5 hours per week from the range of hours they have agreed. Core hours can be scheduled for a Sunday, providing this was agreed at the interview stage. The appropriate premium payments will be paid if hours are worked during the night, or on a Sunday or bank holiday.

Ideally, colleagues should be given 4 weeks’ notice of their weekly shift pattern. On occasions, this may not be possible, in which case a minimum of 7 days’ notice should be given. This should be the exception and not the norm.

On Day flexible contract – part-time and full-time (Customer Fulfilment Centres only)
On Day contracts allow customer fulfilment centres to ask their colleagues to work additional hours that day, with a minimum of 2 hours’ notice. This allows the centre to quickly respond to the number of orders they have received that day.

Colleagues are contracted to work 3.75 core hours on any single day and are contracted to work 3 to 5 days per week. These hours are fixed and do not change from week to week.

Colleagues need to be available to work a further 3.75 hours on the days their core hours are contracted. Colleagues will be expected to work the additional hours if they have been given a minimum of 2 hours’ notice.

The number and times of the additional hours worked will vary each week. Colleagues may be asked to work the full 3.75 additional hours or part of these hours.

The core contracted hours and additional hours combined will be no more than 36.5 hours in any given week. Once all additional hours have been assigned, colleagues will be offered overtime.

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Re: Flexi Contracts
« Reply #4 on: 22-07-19, 08:03AM »
Flexi contracts are simply another disgraceful way of the Tesco hierarchy getting all the benefits while screwing their staff up the wrong 'un. Unfortunately for them though, they have lost a high number of time-served, experienced and reliable staff and replaced them with inexperienced, flexible staff that are unprofessional and regularly fail to turn up for shifts. This regularly leads to staff being dragged off their time sensitive routines to man checkouts and fill shelves thus having a knock-on effect across the rest of the store.

But f*** 'em.

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Re: Flexi Contracts
« Reply #5 on: 22-07-19, 08:30AM »
As shown above, if it's in their availability window, then they should be able to work those hours, however, overtime requests can be refused from time to time, but not on a regular basis.

Nobody can be asked to work more than 36.5 hours. If colleagues are being asked to work hours outside their availability window then they can refuse.

Now as we all know, overtime requests are never managed correctly, so if colleagues are not being given the 7 day notice...where the manager arranges the overtime with the colleague, then that should be highlighted on the refusal, and their exception reason explained.

Unless you have specifically agreed to the manager 'phoning you whilst not on duty, then they should not be contacting you with overtime requests. TS or colleagues covering TS should not have access to your 'phone number details, if you haven't expressly given them permission. If your personal details have been accessed by a non manager, then a grievance should be placed, if the manager has 'phoned with an overtime request, you simply state you're not on duty and put the 'phone down...END OF...or better still, don't answer the 'phone  :thumbup:
« Last Edit: 22-07-19, 08:35AM by lucgeo »
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Re: Flexi Contracts
« Reply #6 on: 22-07-19, 12:47PM »
 The simple straightforward answer is  they can't force you to do overtime outside you're availability window.  Play them at their own game - leave you're availability window blank, and pick up overtime shifts when it suits you (not them)

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Re: Flexi Contracts
« Reply #7 on: 22-07-19, 02:14PM »
Overtime gets dished out to the flexi contract people first as the fixed ones stated they don't want/ can't be available at other times.

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Re: Flexi Contracts
« Reply #8 on: 22-07-19, 03:34PM »
All new starters have to fill in an availability form, any not putting anything more than their core hours will not be offered employment.
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Re: Flexi Contracts
« Reply #9 on: 22-07-19, 04:15PM »
Overtime gets dished out to the flexi contract people first as the fixed ones stated they don't want/ can't be available at other times.

Only in some stores. They tried to tell the retail perm workers in my store that if they wanted to be considered for OT they would have to switch to flexi. Now the TM just asks anyone who can be bothered. Old hands are disheartened and the young jumpship at first chance of better conditions.

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Re: Flexi Contracts
« Reply #10 on: 22-07-19, 09:58PM »
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A lot of our youngsters have jumped ship on nights. They're sick of being flexed up and having no social life. Some even tell the managers they're not doing it and thats that. Flexi contract are the worst. If tesco has there way we would all be on one.  Thats the vision they have.
« Last Edit: 22-07-19, 10:08PM by tumshie »

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Re: Flexi Contracts
« Reply #11 on: 23-07-19, 01:08AM »
Target is 45% staff on flexi.