MD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14304 posts, RR: 63
Reply 3, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 5712 times:
I work 12 hour shifts (add another 30 minutes for handover to the next shiftleader) on the line, but on a five on five off base (five days 7 am to 7 pm, five off, then five nights 7 pm to 7 am, then five off and back to days), based on an average of 40 hours per week.
We know that this is not really legal as per the German interpretation of the European working hours directive, which allows for a maximum of 10 hours per day, but we all like those five days off to recover and get our systems changed to the other shift pattern, and as linies we have periods of standby inbetween. Additionally for me it allows me to fly over to DUB once a month for 5 days to visit my girlfriend without having to touch my annual leave.
But what I don´t like is if 12 hours turn into 15, 16 or 20 hou shifts. I know it can happen during AOG situaions, where you started the job and can´t really fairly hand it over to the next guy, who then has to sign for your work without having been present when it was done.
If it happens occasionaly I´m ok with it, especially if it is thze last day of the shift block, or I come to work later next day as to get enough sleep.
But I don´t like the company to count on massive overtime just to save on manpower (on a previous job whoever found a snag had to stay until it was fixed. Since our cargo operation was running almost exclusively at night the customer refused to pay for a dayshift, so there was no relief. I´ve done 40 hour shifts with this company).
Jan....how is 5 days on & 5 days off compared to the 5 nights on & 5 nights off....The latter would be tougher in my opinion.
36 hrs has been my highest so far,thanks to the ending days of a check C where the job needs to be completed on schedule.But Im glad EDTL has been implemented,it has made things more easier from the Stress angle especially with rising Age.
YYZatcboy From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 1114 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 5098 times:
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Working all nights is easy IF you keep your schedule on days off. I only work nights and I work 12 hr shifts 5PM-5AM and on my days off I wake up at the same time as if i was working and I go to bed at the same time, so my day never really varies. Actually I find it easier than working a day shift since it's much easier to wake up at 3 PM than 3AM
Dalmd88 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2625 posts, RR: 14
Reply 10, posted (2 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 4703 times:
Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 6): 36 hrs has been my highest so far,thanks to the ending days of a check C where the job needs to be completed on schedule
36 hours straight? Maybe on a road trip, even then I don't think it is wise or safe. Just to get out a C Check definitely not. We move a check like that every week. That is what other shifts are for. I MIGHT work four hours over, but it's only for the money. Usually for me when the overtime call comes around I pass. I like my job, but I really like not being there more.