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Quote from: HiHarvey on 02-07-22, 12:50AMMcDonalds are paying assistants £11 an hour while Tesco advertise at £4 and the lead team are surprised no one wants to do a hands turn for them. Meanwhile the SMs are buying BMWs and Bellway homes.
Quote from: Redshoes on 12-07-22, 08:54AMI worry about the impact of those on low contract hours going into the future. I know there is a change to national insurance but if you don't pay enough years of national insurance it affects how much you will be awarded with state pension. I have a friend who had worked all her life but at 64 she has not paid enough to qualify for full pension. I am in my 60's and I only have 6 months when I did not pay NI as it was paid on my behalf during pregnancy. I have one colleague over retirement age who uses his wages to pay for big holidays. Another is saving for a new kitchen. Another just wants structure, a reason to get out of bed. Many who work for us have had another career and the wages just top up pension. Nobody is asking someone with health issues on checkouts to then go and fill juice, a bad manager somewhere in the country might but this should not be the case. If checkouts are not busy they can do a cardboard run, they could fill health and beauty, they could support pfs with breaks etc. I also have trolley colleagues, a couple with special needs. They do a great job and the customers love them. They do both go on the tills and are great at it. They do the put backs for checkouts and they rumble. They are on low hours and I feel they do enough. There is enough for them to be doing, they are always busy. The tills are so easy that I also have a couple of special needs colleagues with tills as a primary task. They can't do self service or scan as you shop. What they could do on the shop floor is very limited but they never get till investigations and again the customers love them. They would need special coaching on the shop floor, could not work without a buddy. I would worry about them on the shop floor but again there are enough little tasks that they can do. We are never going to get to 100% of people doing multiple tasks, we just need enough to be able to deliver the shop. We don't want grocery colleagues on tills, till colleagues filling juice and fresh colleagues doing dot.com. We need colleagues to work in primary roles but have enough people to be able to help out when needed.
Quote from: lucgeo on 12-07-22, 07:24AMIndeed many stores have their older generation stalwarts, but you have to wonder sometimes...why For some, they say they'd just be "bored at home!" Get a voluntary job then, and let the youngsters have the hours, if you don't need the money! I've seen how this rise in the pension age has affected a lot of colleagues, mainly women! Many will be facing working well past their retirement age, as the 35 year minimum of NI contributions puts them at a disadvantage due to having taken time out to look after their school age kids. I've seen divorced/single women in their 60's working 6 days a week, doing all the overtime they can get, to manage on their wage. Seen those doing grandparent duties on their days off, or after their shifts to support their children with childcare costs! Hell I know one woman, early 60's, shift 6am-1.30pm, goes straight from work to visit her parent in a care home with dementia, then straight to pick grandkids up from school, take to their after school activities, then look after them till single parent comes home from shift at 10pm! All on a 30 minute break! She just wants to sit on a checkout and do the job she's paid to do, but is now expected to jump up and help on shop floor at the beck and call of any manager, or risk being disciplined, being labelled lazy and not a team player if she asks not to, always by some male manager sitting in the Costa all day! The menopause is now becoming a recognised debilitating condition, Tesco will talk the talk, as they do with mental health, but it wont ever be taken seriously into consideration, as senior management is still very much male dominant! Will never have heard of dysmenorrhea, then just blush and disregard it, with a wave of the hand, as a woman thing and not a medical factor for consideration in an absence disciplinary! Even if the section manager is emphatic, they'll already have been told which outcome to reach before they even go into the meeting!
Quote from: londoner83 on 15-07-22, 07:50AMThe agreement does nothing to prevent colleagues being trained on self serve or scan as you shop as both technologies didn't exist when the 2005 deal was signed....and it's a long standing legal principle that deals won't cover yet to be invented future technology. Erm self service tills where introduced into Tesco in 2003. So I can't possibly understand why the 2005 agreement doesn't cover self service, mind I actually haven't read the agreement In 2005 there was a clear need for the deal - Shopfloor staff were paid B rate whilst those on tills were paid a higher c rate. It was clearly unfair to expect people to do jobs above their pay grade.However times and retail have moved on. Everyone is now paid the same rate of pay and as other retailers have shown the way forward is for all colleagues to be able to complete every task.Sadly if you don't believe serving customers is part of your job role perhaps retail in 2022 isn't the right career for you.
Quote from: londoner83 on 10-07-22, 07:49AMYes the overwhelming majority of colleagues are now not paid for the first 3 days of sickness. Wouldn't be surprised if at some point in time Tesco try to buy out the remaining people's rights.
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