POA Circulars

155 | 09.10.2013

Band 2's OSG's carrying out 'constant watches'

It has come to the attention of your NEC that Governors are asking Band 2/OSG operational members of staff to carry out ‘constant watch’ duties, this being particularly prevalent at nights.

The carrying out of a constant watch is not a duty which falls within the job description or roles and responsibilities the Band 2/OSG grade. The NEC advise local branch representatives to ensure that only the correct grade of staff carry out this role and challenge management if they seek to employ the Band 2/OSG grades to carry out this task. If in the event where this practise continues, local POA branches should raise a local dispute.

If you need further clarification or advice regarding this matter please contact your NEC Representative.

Thanking you in anticipation of your support and co-operation.


Yours sincerely



Deputy General Secretary