Local authority to introduce ‘flexible working hours’ in a bid to cut costs
East Dunbartonshire Council is attempting to introduce a “flexible working hours” scheme for its neighbourhood team in an attempt to reduce costs, a news report in the local media can reveal.
The team is in charge of delivering a wide range of front line services and its members are currently working a relatively standard five day week. They also work weekend overtime shifts from time to time, but only when they need to carry out tasks that can’t be done in normal working hours.
However, in order to eliminate these overtime shifts and reduce costs, the council plans to implement a new scheme with varying shifts taking place anytime between 6am and 10pm, seven days a week.
Neighbourhood services convener Ashay Ghai explained: “Introducing working patterns across seven days with a wider range of hours across the working day will enable us to offer more flexible services at times that are convenient to our customers.
“Moving to this working practice will also deliver significant savings by reducing overtime requirements to carry out services.”
While the local council leaders are currently carrying out consultation on the plans, concerns have been raised by both employees and local residents regarding the negative effect such a scheme could have on both the workforce and the general public.
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