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TIME-KEEPING SYSTEM ANGERS HOME HELPS

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Home care workers at Derbyshire CC have voted to strike over the introduction of a new time-keeping system. ...
Home care workers at Derbyshire CC have voted to strike over the introduction of a new time-keeping system.

The automated system is scheduled to be fully implemented within the next two weeks. Home helps are expected to telephone a central computer twice during each visit; once immediately after arrival, and once before leaving. The regime will replace the current use of paper timesheets.

Staff have complained that the new system is too inflexible and that it resembles 'electronic tagging', showing the council does not trust its own employees.

But the council said distrust was 'not at all a driving force' behind the new system. The new system was designed to be more efficient, allowing speedier calculation of employees' pay and letting managers keep in touch with staff throughout the day.
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