17 March 2022

Army TLB

Members should be wary when claims are made that meaningful change proposals have been agreed by the trade unions.

Return to the Workplace (RTW)

Covid restrictions have been “eased”, both by the Westminster and Scottish Governments, and a general push to return to the workplace (RTW) is anticipated across the Army TLB, if not already underway. We have stressed in all Army TLB forums and comms with members the two-part nature of any RTW which is:

  1. Before any RTW the individual and their line management must discuss the specific circumstances pertaining to the individual and how best to mitigate the threat of covid. This Individual Risk Assessment process can be found in the Attending the Workplace Guide for LM and Employees policy document.
  2. There should also be a discussion regarding the work pattern on return, using the Establishing the MoD Future Workplace document as a basis for the discussion.

The Army TLB trade union side expressed concerns regarding the Army Operating Model (AOM) Review, trade union Consultation Document (CD). The main concerns relate to the lack of justification for the significant staff changes throughout and the TU side hearing worrying reports of the proposals being presented as a fait accompli. The TU side questioned whether the CD was valid and in addition, concerns were raised around the following:

  • References to deleted vacant posts
  • Post Mapping timelines
  • Grade mobility considerations
  • Equality analysis
  • Organisational Safety Assessment

The Civilian Workforce Team agreed to remind all that the AOM Review are proposals and TU consultation is ongoing. Dialogue will continue.

Members should be wary when claims are made that meaningful change proposals have been agreed by the trade unions, especially relatively early in the process. If in doubt, check with your local PCS representatives. If one is not available then please contact Gerry Burns, Gerry.Burns670@mod.gov.uk or John Fury, John.Fury428@mod.gov.uk