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Respected Members,

We have our own Security Guards posted at different locations.I am facing a few problems with regard to duty roster.I request the members here to kindly guide me on this.

We run 3 shifts of 8 hrs each. Shift A: Morning 5am to 1pm.Shift B:1pm to 9pm & Shift C: 9pm to 5am.

At Shift C we keep more manpower to prevent theft etc.

For example if in Shift A we have 2 guards then shift B we have 2 guards again but in shift C we have 5 guards.

The process followed is from Shift A a person moves to shift C thus he gets a break of 32 hours every time his shift changes from A to C.

From C a person is shifted to B shift thus he gets 16 hrs as a break.

From B a person is shifted to A where he gets a break of only 8 hrs.

In the form of rotation above in the ratio of 2:2:5 in A,B & C shifts respectively and the movement of guards from C to B and B to A and A to C such variation of rest periods are observed. Shifts are also regularly changed because of mainly 3 reasons..a) Continuous allotment of night duty is not good for the health of the guards.b) Guards do not catch sleep when they are on night duty regularly.c) Frequent changes in shifts keeps the guards alert and prevents internal group formation and prevents from hatching plots.

In this kind of an arrangement i have observed the guards do get a weekly off after working for 6 days and the break is for 32 hrs i.e change in shift from A to C.But then in change of other shifts especially the change of shift from B to A only 8hrs break is too heavy on the person.

Respected Members, A)Could you suggest me a better way of handling this? B) What does Labour Laws say about the time period of weekly off..is it enough to give an employee after he works 8 hrs a weekly off for 24 hrs or is it more? I can recall The Factories Act says 48 hrs of work in a week.

Kindly guide me on this.

Thanks & Regards...

From India, Delhi
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