Update: Wednesday 27h May 2020
Manufacturing Start and Finish Times
As part of the company’s commitment to take every practical, and reasonable step to ensure members are safe upon their return and remain safe for the foreseeable future while the pandemic continues.
FMUK in consultation with the works council, has been exploring options to reduce the risk of members getting in close contact during certain peak times.
As a result, and with effect from 1st June the manufacturing start and finish times for Day/Night shift will change and be staggered (See details below).
Please note that due to reduced volumes, there is no nightshift for FTFP and Tank for the foreseeable future.
We hope that these changes will remove any potential strain on the communal areas, such as the clock in machines, break areas, and corridors, so that social distancing can be upheld.
Please see the document linked below for exact information on the groupings and timings.
Thank you again for your ongoing co-operation through this difficult period. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
In terms of planning for members return to work we have been in discussions with the Unions and Works council to ensure the safety of all members and your families.
One of the items that we want to make you aware of is that when you return to work, the use of the microwaves, kettles and toasters will be removed and will not be available for use. Also, we have removed all company owned crockery and cutlery from the canteen and group areas. The reason for this is that these are seen as high risk areas in terms of touch points and the ability to manage this risk.
Please be aware that fridges, vending facilities and water stations will still be available, but hygiene measures will be put in place to manage these.
Therefore, please consider these change points for managing your food and drink requirements while at work.
We understand that this may be an inconvenience but please be reassured that this has been done in conjunction with Unions and Works councils to ensure safety. Thank you for your ongoing support through this time.
In anticipation of returning to work on 26th May we have started deep cleaning at both sites. Please see the photos below. Service provided by Valley Cleaning Services.
Please see the letter below from Futaba President Yoshiki-san.
FMUK Derby has donated some overglasses to Leicester General Hospital, the NHS workers have sent us their thanks and the photo below.
Following on from the Survey that we requested members to complete reference the communication on the Coronavirus situation – please find the status below of the feedback for the open question ‘What are your main concerns around returning to work?’ and ‘Final Comments’ – We will give feedback on the other open questions following on from this. Once again – thank you for your continued support – Stay Safe!
FEEL SAFE AT WORK
During the furlough period, and continuing up until the point where you return to work, your SMT have been busy trying to transform the factory with regards to social distancing, to help give you the confidence that you will be safe while working.
Some of the work completed so far includes items such as:-
- Rearranging the canteen and group areas to ensure 2m distance at all times
- Floor marking to give a clear visual aid as to what an appropriate distance should be
- Setting up “one-way” systems to reduce congested traffic in walkways
- Increased signage related to 2m guidelines
- Additional anti-bacterial dispensers and cleaning wipes provisions
- Investment in attempting to source additional and different types of PPE
- Reviewing all processes where there is a heightened risk of social contact
Please check out some of the images of both sites work completed so far, and updates will be made to the website where required.
In the meantime, Stay home, Protect the NHS, Save lives!
We look forward to seeing you back at FMUK in the near future.
1. Return to Work
At this time, we do not expect production to start again until Tuesday 26th May – As stated previously we will keep members updated by text and website once this has been confirmed.
We have had a few questions with reference to the reason for the utilisation of a weeks holiday prior to start up – please see below for the clarification of the reason for this based on discussions with the Union and Works Council:
- Holidays have continued to accrue and no holiday entitlement has been taken while on Furlough – this causes the company an issue of overburden of holidays and the ability for members to take them once production starts again.
- The week before production starts we will need a ‘skeleton’ crew of members on site to get the factory ready for production – we cannot do this while members are on Furlough.
- A weeks holiday will enable members to be paid 100% of wages.
- Due to Furlough – all members have an additional 2 days holiday that have been accrued due to Good Friday and Easter Monday.
- There will be no option to take this week as unpaid leave.
As the period of shutdown to our business has extended once again, the Senior Management Team has taken the decision to ensure all our members utilise a week’s holiday from the 2020 allocation to be taken the week prior to commencing production, this would be paid at your full 100% holiday rate.
As a re-start date of May 26th is currently our best guess, and yet to be confirmed, the period of this holidays is subject to change but would be no earlier than Monday 18th May to Friday 22nd May (4.5 days allocation for Burnley or 5 days allocation for Derby). Please note that Good Friday & Easter Monday are not classed as holidays due to Furlough so this will reduce the impact to your annual allocation by 2 days respectively.
As always after a significant production stoppage, there will be a request for skeleton staff to be called in to help with preparing for start-up, and as such they would be paid in full, from the point they were requested back to work.
Please note, if the re-start date to production extends further, so will the Holiday commencement date. Please follow the link below for the calendar.
2. Customer Feedback
We are communicating weekly with TME to understand all Toyota production situations – this is being closely monitored by region and priority is member safety.
JLR are currently closed, awaiting further update from them.
Magna – closed until 18th May
3. Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
Since the video message from Kevin Schofield (Managing Director FMUK) was issued on 27th March – we have been actively working on the Government Coronavirus job retention scheme.
This scheme enables employers to place members on ‘Furlough leave’, this means that employees can be put on a leave of absence from the company, and the company can claim for 80% of the employees usual monthly average wage costs, up to a maximum £2500 per month gross, which will be paid directly to each member.
For the number of employees at FMUK, we need to process this through a collective agreement. As part of this the following steps are being taken :
- FMUK’s formal collective agreement regarding the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme was issued to the employee representatives at both sites following agreement from the company solicitors yesterday.
- All members – Collective agreement accepted by Works Council.
On our video message today from Kevin he had a request that, although you are all Furloughed if you contracted the virus or was hospitalised through the virus to please inform the absence line via a family member if you are too ill to ring yourself. We need this information to assess our return to work risk assessment so please keep us informed.
4. Futaba Support for local Charities
Burnley have supported Pendle Hospice with donating some of our PPE, this was welcomed by the Hospice in these difficult times for the staff.
Derby have also provided Goggles and gloves to Burton Hospital and we are in contact with both Derby and Burton Hospital to understand how we can support more.
As mentioned previously both plants are making a £100 donation per week to local charities during this difficult time:
Derby & Burton Hospitals Charity – https://www.justgiving.com/dhft
Burnley food bank – Support Burnley’s Foodbank – JustGiving
5. Any Other Business
We will regularly update the frequently asked questions on this website
Please contact the absence line on 01283 585235 with any additional queries and we will respond as soon as possible.
Please remember to keep us informed via the absence line if you have contracted the virus – please stay safe.
Please see the government website for the latest advice: