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Possible local flexibility for members during Ramadan.

What is Ramadan?

Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic lunar calendar during which Muslims have to fast from dawn till dusk.  Muslims see Ramadan as the holiest month of the Islamic year. This year Ramadan is expected to start in the UK 27 May 2017 and finish 24 June 2017.

Because fasting - from sunrise to sunset – takes place during this period it will mean periods of around 19 hours without food and drink.

Eid – celebrating the end of the fasting period will then take place Sunday, 25 June 2017. This may lead to increased annual leave requests which should be accommodated where possible.

ACAS guidance

ACAS guidance states ‘some religions require extended periods of fasting. Employers may wish to consider how they can support staff through such a period.  However, employers should take care to ensure that they do not place unreasonable extra burdens on other workers which may cause conflict between workers or claims of discrimination.’

Civil Service Islamic Society guidance states that ‘individuals must take responsibility for their own well being and mangers should be aware that fasting may cause drowsiness, loss of concentration and possible fainting.  Our normal first aid procedures would apply in these circumstances and managers are responsible for ensuring that individuals who are unable to continue working are able to return safely’.

Local flexibility possible

It is important that we understand the significance of Ramadan and what it means for our colleagues who are observing Ramadan. Colleagues may ask to work……

Employee Deal: Rotation 2 Working Pattern planning – Improvements won by PCS

08 May 2017

DWP/MB/015/17 confirmed that PCS had agreed to a delay in the planning round for “Rotation 2” working patterns under the Employee Deal.

The delay extended the existing rotation by 5 weeks, but crucially, allowed for discussions between PCS and DWP to ensure that the planning for rotation 2 learned the lessons from the first rotation. DWP have issued a communication to all staff that summarises the outcome of these discussions.

The GEC have used the delay in implementation of rotation 2 to press on the issues branches and members have raised in light of experience in the first rotation. This briefing gives details of the progress made in these talks by the GEC.

The planning process for Rotation 2 will begin shortly with members being asked to input their preferences for their working pattern for the next 5 month period that will run from 11 September 2017 to 3 February 2018.

Make sure there is a team discussion

PCS is aware that the emphasis on team based discussions, contained within the Collective Agreement, was overlooked in Rotation 1 across many areas and so welcome that DWP have re-stated their commitment by making clear in the communication that members’ preferences will be subject to team based discussions,….

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