Unite: Workers 'Deeply Unhappy' About ASCO Shift Proposals

Workers employed by the oil and gas logistics company ASCO are deeply unhappy about proposals to move them on to new shifts that won’t have set working hours, according to a statement from UK union Unite.

“We have carried out consultations with Unite members at ASCO in Peterhead, and they have been unanimously against the introduction of these shift patterns,” Unite Regional Officer Victor Fraser said.

“Workers deserve to be able to plan their lives so that they can get proper rest, and so they can properly enjoy their family and social life. Our members believe these shift patterns don’t allow for that,” he added.

The proposals could see workers called in to work different hours at short notice, as and when the company requires, according to Unite.

“It’s also recognized by the Health & Safety Executive that irregular working hours and badly-planned shift patterns are a major cause of worker fatigue, and the consequences of that could be extremely serious,” Fraser said.

“We urge ASCO to sit down with Unite to discuss our members’ concerns, and if ASCO wants to be recognized as a reasonable employer then it should not force through any changes without proper discussion and negotiation,” he added.


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