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Daily Update 15/04/2020

General Update

Fully enhanced bus fleet is now in operation with coaches being phased out to help with driver safety. Segregation on buses will continue to be rolled out using tabards on seats. The nice weather we have been having has how ever brought the issue of buses getting very warm with the use of air conditioning on vehicles being an issue. We have started to look into how we could resolve this issue and will feedback when we have an answer.

G4S FM continue to do a great job across the site buildings despite the enhanced cleaning regime, for this we would like to say thank you to our members who are doing their best to make sure our break areas are at the highest standard possible.

Somerset Larder have been helping the wider community and have been preparing meals for NHS workers across Somerset. Working with the local trust, they have been asked to supply 3,000 breakfasts, lunches and dinners a week to make sure our vital carers in hospitals and the community stay nourished.

Thermal cameras at both North and South are getting an upgrade in the shape of containers to house them. The aim is to have the cameras relocated and operational by the middle of next week, this is dependent on parts being delivered however.


Balfour Beatty

Following a meeting between the Trade Unions Reps and Balfour Beatty Management Team, we would like to notify you of some changes during this challenging Covid-19 period. Item 1: Smoking Shelter Signs have been put in place and markings will be placed on the floor, please comply with distancing rules: remain 2 metres apart. Item 2: Gates With immediate effect; to enter the W10 platform all Balfour Beatty direct employees are asked to use the single turnstile (East) to reduce numbers at the double turnstile (West). Item 3: Swing gates Swing gates will now be propped open where possible. Please take extra care when crossing the road. Item 4: Clocking out During this period, we will allow a 15-minute grace period on the turnstiles, still expecting a full shift at the face. Item 5: Social Distancing Champions will be nominated throughout the Hinkley Point C Marine Work Project. They will be reminding you to keep 2 metres apart where reasonably practicable. Please respect your Social Distancing Champion. Thank you all for the exemplary queuing at the turnstiles to date, we look to continue working together to keep the site open for business.


Bylor

The email sent out by BYLOR this evening to travelling workforce should be ignored. The campus is still voluntary at this time. EDF confirmed in Rob Jordan's daily update today that the aim is for workers residing in the Bridgwater town centre area, who rent an individual room in a house with locals are the main target of the campus arrangement. Those who are staying outside of Bridgwater, those with a long-term lease or renting a property which doesn't have anyone from the local community staying in it are not expected to move to the campus at this time.


We are well aware of the confusion that is present within our membership at this time and unfortunately we are unable to provide any answers at this time. Below are the list of questions we aim to resolve by the end of this week. If there is anything that we may have missed please speak to your local rep or ring PJ Wand (Senior Steward) on 07818565178.


  • 3 week rotation - which platforms are affected? opt out clause to remain on furlough? Accommodation allowance arrangements on furlough?

  • Payments for those unable to qualify for furlough due to being a new employee

  • Written confirmation that employees can work for others whilst on furlough and will not suffer any detriment for doing so

  • Those who have requested shielding, when will they receive confirmation?

  • 10 minute grace period

  • Apprentice’s on completion, when will they receive there uplift to Craft 2?

  • Slinger Signaller uplift – those assessed earlier in the year have back dates outstanding, when will these be paid? Why are these assessments being done in groups rather than on individual 3 month anniversary date?

  • Steel Fixers passing level 3 assessment not receiving back date to 12 month anniversary, when will this be resolved?

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The Fletch
The Fletch
Apr 15, 2020

Got on secure bus tonight at HAE no tabards showing segregation on lower deck of bus, when I asked controller about it his reply was " that's only the second bus I've seen without tabards, I dont know why they're not on there." When leaving site at south plaza gates I saw 2 more double dockers without tabards on lower deck, also lastnight 14/4/20 bus driver dropped HAE secure bus passengers at the WEST drop off at J23 not at EAST drop off bays, when driver questioned his reply was "I've been told to drop off at WEST drop off not EAST drop off" why are the drivers being told this its not the first time its happened…

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We are not sure that those who give us food have clean hands, I do not want to talk to them about it ,because they not nice often respond , once I have had such a situation and no more want it, I completely respect their work and thank you, but let's respect each other

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one thought, lady or gentleman who gives us, in the canteen, sugar, salt, butter, pepper, and cutlery where everything is packed, they have masks and gloves, and people who give us meals, rolls, bread, sausages, bacon etc., NOT they have neither masks nor gloves, today I noticed someone buying 2 rolls with bacon and the lady was touching them with her hand And that someone ate it later, I don't understand it 🤔🤔

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All well and good, where's the bus drivers pay enhancement for dealing with all these rapid changes and the carrying of potential covid 19 carriers, or as usual are we the forgotten?

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It’s great that Somerset larder are utilising their facilities to help the nhs but where is the thanks and gratitude to all the Somerset larder workers that are carrying out their daily roles on site.

It is a very scary environment to have to deal with when most tasks undertaken are carried as usual with little social distancing possible. It is very difficult to work and fulfil the roil with constant 2 metres between staff. Out of over 100 staff only a handful of people have been allowed to exclude themselves from this killer virus

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