Management’s plan is to split the stations admin assistant (AG1) role into “coverage” and “core” ( which is everything else) and move coverage to a central location.
This will be detrimental to both admin and station staff because we will lose the local knowledge and working arrangements which we have at the moment. It also deskills admin because we would be performing less functions rather than having multi-skilled admin as at the moment. And it reduces the number of jobs.
It doesn’t take a genius to work out that once the Rostering and Coverage Tool is finally working they will be coming back for more job cuts in coverage. Stations administrators, not the most naturally militant bunch, are understandably unhappy about the proposals. A counter-proposal has been drawn up which would move admin to smaller geographic hubs and keep all the functions together. Management won’t say so outright but their fundamental issue with the counter-proposal is that it doesn’t cut enough jobs. In order to fight these attacks on our jobs stations administrators need to stand together with other grades whose jobs are threatened.