Split shifts sometimes called spreadovers seem to be used in the bus industry to boost the service in peak periods. The entire shift exceeds 12 hours but drivers are often only drive 8 to 9 hours. Is this a good idea for the rail industry ?
Ahh I assumed that's what it meant but best to be sure, thanks I can certainly see why someone wouldn't want to work with that sort of system as it would basically cost you the entire day (certainly I wouldn't like to work under that kind of system).A split shift is where you might work 6 am to 10 am then have a few hours off and work 3 pm to 7 pm or something like that.
I used to do split shifts in a hospital kitchen: 0630-1430 then 1700-2030. Often 7/7 days. And no pay for the 2 1/2 hours off either. But when you're 19 and hard up anything is possible, although strangely I was most tired on a day off.It is common in other industries eg catering. However the same safety issues don't apply. - though they might do in hospitals where some doctors do work these sort of hours!
It is not really popular with anyone. Split ****s are something that arises out of expedience to meet a specific business need - not something that anyone really wants - they are a pain for everyone.I'm sure it's popular from a business point of view but rules are there that you are paid from the start of a turn to the end of one.