Another huge amount of activity over the last week as we adjust to the further restrictions on movements implemented by Government.
We continue to have extensive meetings with NATS management across the various business areas where our members are deployed. This collaborative approach has been very effective in helping and facilitating the adjustments required in response to the rapidly changing scene. Our key priority is the welfare of our members and during this week have addressed several specific concerns around working practices to ensure that essential activities can be conducted in a safe manner.
Additionally, we’ve been looking to understand what the changes the business will have to make in the short to medium term in response to the current situation and the need to conserve cash in the business – such as pausing external recruitment and releasing contractors and reducing external expenditure.
Our a broader front, Prospect National Secretary, Steve Jary and General Secretary, Mike Clancy are making representations with the government – notably the DfT and HM Treasury around the support that the Aviation industry as a whole requires – see the latest Prospect News Article here. You may also have seen that the provisional findings of the CMA reference were published earlier this week. Prospect has written to the DfT suggesting that it seems a waste of resources to continue with the RP3 determination given the current Covid-19 situation. All of the forecasts that underpinned the RP3 business plan – for traffic and revenue, and the planned investment programme are now worthless, it does not now make any sense to continue this process in our opinion until the situation stabilises somewhat.
It is clear that the current Covid-19 situation will be causing anxiety to members for many reasons – fear of the future, the struggle to balance home schooling with being productive or the personal impact of social isolation created through working remotely from the office and colleagues who we would interact with on a regular basis. Please do talk to your local reps if you have any concerns – they may not be physically available, but they will be reachable through phone, email or other means using our IT infrastructure. We would also encourage members to access the other resources available to them such as the Peer Supporters, Validium and of course their line managers.
For many of us, responding to the current crisis will be creating additional pressures and workload. Without the demarcation of the working day through physically travelling from office to home it’s all too easy for the working day to creep into our evenings and weekends having established our ‘home office’ workspaces. Please do try to set a ‘stop time’ and resist the temptation to just check on the email later in the day. And however many hours you work, please do record ALL the hours that you work. We are here to support you, we need to know where members feel compelled to work excess hours and it’s only by having the data that we can properly address the situation with management.
Lastly, a reminder that we’ve established a discussion thread on the Branch website where queries and concerns can be posted, at http://www.prospectatss.org.uk
ATSS Branch Secretary
27th March 2020