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Employers take advantage of "Time Off In Lieu", says union

Prospect wants improvements to current situation

Manx workers are taking on extra hours, without being given their correct time back.

That's from the union Prospect on the matter of 'time off in lieu' (TOIL), calling it an emerging big issue.

Negotiations officer Mick Hewer says due to staff illness and holidays, people aren't receiving the time back they're owed:

Legal officer at Prospect, Jane Copley, explains how the situation can be improved:

In response, an Isle of Man Government spokesperson said:

"If a manager goes back on an agreement with a member of staff this should be raised by the individual through our complaints or grievance processes. We hope that Mr Hewer raises this with us as a matter of urgency so that we can investigate this and take any appropriate action.

"Terms and Conditions: ‘The overtime rates will apply whenever excess hours are worked over full time hours unless time is taken off in lieu.

"Employees not covered by a flexible working hours scheme may request to take time off in lieu as an alternative to overtime payments. Employees who, for operational reasons, are unable to take requested time off in lieu within three months must , if they wish, be paid at the appropriate overtime rate, detailed in 3.7 above, for hours worked.

"Employees in All Hours Worked Grades, or subject to All Hours Worked Agreements, will not be entitled to overtime payments but may request to take time off in lieu of extra hours worked, where they are not covered by a flexible working hours scheme.

"Time off in lieu of additional hours worked will be taken at plain time (hour for hour) and only with the prior agreement of both the employee and their line manager."

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