Local management on a couple of station areas have been pushing their luck when it comes to cover weeks.
The Stations Framework makes clear that the maximum days we can work in a row is eight; this clause is accompanied by a note which says we may work eight days "in order to facilitate the provision of a long weekend and to minimise split rest days". There doesn't seem to be much room for interpretation here: it means, if you work eight days, you get a long weekend off. Simple. That's how it's always been.
But a few station workers have found themselves given eight-day stretches in their cover weeks, with only two - or even one! - rest days following them.
This isn't on. As cover week shifts are supposed to mirror the patterns of rostered weeks anyway, there's absolutely no reason why this should be happening at all. Union reps have raised the issue with senior managers and are expecting a commitment to respect the Framework.
If that commitment is not forthcoming, we might need to find other ways to take days off...