Tonight GMB proposed to the leader of the Council, that a survey is circulated to all staff who may wish to access either agile or home working. Cardiff Council is committed to working with the unions, to enable a variety of working solutions.
Many members have told us they are unaware of the agile or home working policy. Some think it only applies to certain groups of staff. Obviously service deliveries are central to the Council and, must be delivered in a manner which is efficient, cost affective and productive. However, the administration also recognises that we now live in a 24/7 digital world. As the Council moves forward with their digital agenda, your views and opinions are vital in shaping the next decade. We all know 9-5 working patterns are old fashioned, as are views, unless you can be seen you are skiving.
GMB always at the forefront of proactive innovations, wish to seek members views on the above. We know many members have been refused agile and home working and, would welcome correspondence from those staff to,let us know what reasons were given for refusals. This survey, is not seeking to blame or accuse management, it is to seek information, so that we can find some proactive and pragmatic solutions thus ensuring Cardiff Council are at the forefront of the digital age, where working patterns and practices, can be aligned with the 21st century digital age. With staff having flexible working conditions, which afford them less stressful lives.
The recent Car Parking issues were discussed at length. For clarification, the current situation of highway fleets being removed from the underground car park, was done without consultation with the unions. GMB are meeting with officers,to demand their immediate return. ( as per the agreement two years ago). GMB will be proposing some solutions, although not perfect, may help,if officers and elected members take them on board.
Branch Secretary GMB Cardiff 1 Branch.