All employees shall have two, 15-minute rest periods in each work period in excess of six hours, one rest period to be granted before and one after the meal period. Employees working a shift of three and one half hours, but not more than six hours, shall receive one rest period during such a shift. Rest periods shall not begin until one hour after the commencement of work or not later than one hour before either the meal period or the end of the shift. Rest periods shall be taken without loss of pay to the employees.
It's unacceptable for our members to be working through coffee and lunch breaks. These are your rights under the collective agreement and they will not be stripped away by the employer.
The Component will track this information to see how widespread the problem is and work towards solutions to deal with work sites that are not following the collective agreement. Please contact your local chair and provide them with information.
Dean Purdy, BCGEU Vice President & Chair of Corrections and Sheriff Services - Component 1
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