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Council dumps clocking system.

THOUSANDS of council workers in Liverpool can no longer clock on at the start of their day.

Union chiefs claim the moves could lead to staff being refused time off which they haveearned.

The clocking on system, which allows staff to collect flexi time and earn days off, has been in operation for decades.

But council officials have confirmed that all of the clocks will be removed ``in the next few months''. They claim a more up-todate system will be introduced.

Sheila Kearney, branch secretary for Unison in Liverpool, said: ``We are very worried about the impact this will haveon staff.

``There will be no p roof of the amount of time which staff have worked. If staff keep their own records of work this is something which could be disputed by over-zealous managers and result in s taff being r efused time off which they have rightly earned.''

A spokesman for Liverpool council said the changes do not affect the right of staff to earn flexi time. ``If staff choose to, they can maintain a personal r ecord of their hours. We are continuing t o look at implementing a more up-to-date time recording method.''
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