Change the law on weekend work
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As the title suggests, employers should have their employees work alternate weekends. One weekend on, One weekend off OR two weekends on, one weekend off..
The reason for this is quite simple, for the duration of my career, I am contracted weekend work, Fridays and Saturdays.. I do of course work through the week too!
I am not able to have a weekend off and I am not able to enjoy time with my family UNLESS I use up some of my annual 28 days holiday!
Using holidays for a Saturday night just isn’t feasible because when it indeed comes to family time, I won’t be able to have that 2 week break away because I’ve used it on a Friday or Saturday night 7 months ago.
My family mean the world to me. I work 5pm - Midnight almost everyday of the week including weekends!
You might say, “ahh, a 5pm start means you have all day?” Well, no!
Finishing at midnight to head for public transport home means I don’t get home until 1am. When I get home, the family are asleep.
I then need to have my dinner/tea, catch up on the TV and generally wind down.
this can see you going to sleep around 4am most nights which means not waking until around to 12/1pm.. this then only gives you a very short window of only 3 hours to see your family, go shopping and have lunch before leaving for work at 4pm to start all over.
Yes, I get a day off, but is one day mid-week sufficient enough to take your family out for lunch, dinner or even a movie?
No! it isn’t.
You cannot miss education and any other commitments you may have, however an alternating weekend would allow this for MANY, MANY individuals.
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