Unpleasant Work Allowance on Ops

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  1. Does anyone know if UWA can be claimed while on Ops in Iraq or Afghan for having to wear CBA for a certain amount of hours in a day had a look at JSP 752 but there was no clear statement defining hours and temp etc.
     
  2. Not sure if you can claim it for that, but i know that you can claim it for spending more than 4 hrs a day in iso containers. the rule is 4 hrs continous so i assume they could use to excuse that you dont need to spend that long in cba, as even on ops details aint normally that long (ie slb to palace etc. worth a try though
     
  3. yes it can be claimed. 4 hours osprey a day. keep a record of the days - your chain of command should have prompted you to do this and the G1 people should have dished out the paperwork . . . .
     
  4. JSP 752 gives the critera for claiming this allowance, I will look at the book on Monday for you so that you can quote chapter and verse, unless anyone else has a link.
     
  5. CHAPTER 10 (Extract from JSP 752)

    SECTION 1

    UNPLEASANT WORK ALLOWANCE

    GENERAL

    10.0101. Aim. The aim of Unpleasant Work Allowance (UWA) is to compensate Service personnel for operating in conditions involving an exceptional degree of discomfort or fatigue, or exposure to noxious substance beyond that compensated for by the X-factor. Similarly, it is paid for the wide range of activities that Service personnel may be expected to undertake which fall outside their normal range of military duties and are considered to be of an objectionable, or harrowing, nature.

    10.0102. Income Tax and National Insurance Contributions (NICs). UWA attracts a personal liability for both Income Tax and NICs. These are deducted automatically from the Service person’s salary.

    10.0103. Duty of Care. The availability of this allowance does not in any way reduce the commander’s duty of care. Commanders are to conduct risk assessments prior to requiring Service personnel to work in exceptionally unpleasant or objectionable conditions and every care should be taken to reduce the unpleasant nature of the task.

    ELIGIBILITY

    10.0104. General. All Service personnel (including Reserve personnel but with the exception of non-mobilised Regular Reserves), irrespective of rank, who undertake exceptionally unpleasant duties or those of an objectionable nature, as outlined at paragraphs 10.0106 to 10.0108, are eligible for UWA.

    ENTITLEMENT

    10.0105. Levels of Allowance. UWA has 3 levels of payment. The activities have been grouped together in terms of the nature of the task, the associated level of hardship faced and, for some tasks, the duration the task is undertaken, as follows:

    a. Level 1 is paid for tasks (see Task Codes 1 to 6 at paragraph 10.0106) that are carried out for a total of at least 4 hours in any one locally determined working day/shift or equivalent and are unpleasant because of:

    (1) Environmental factors; or

    (2) The need to wear protective clothing in exceptionally dirty or otherwise unpleasant conditions; or

    (3) They involve working with noxious substances (excluding human excrement).

    Level 1 is also paid for tasks (see Task Code 7 at paragraph 10.0106) that involve the wearing of protective clothing while handling human excrement for up to 4 hours in any one locally determined working day/shift or equivalent.

    b. Level 2 is paid for tasks that:

    (1) Involve the wearing of protective clothing while normally handling some particularly unpleasant form of waste (including human excrement) for over 4 hours in any one locally determined working day/shift or equivalent; or

    (2) Involve recovery, handling or exhumation of small numbers of un-coffined corpses or remains.

    c. Level 3 is paid for tasks that involve the recovery, handling or exhumation of large numbers of un-coffined human remains (eg following a major civil disaster, during humanitarian relief operations or significant loss of military personnel).

    10.0106. Level 1. This level is to be authorised by the Contingent Commander1 or, in operational overseas scenarios, the National Support Element (NSE) Commander based on the advice of the J1 staff in JFLogC/NSE. Level One tasks are grouped into 7 Task Codes:

    a. UWA Task Code 1. Work carried out in a confined space, which is not fitted with built-in ventilation and where the work must be done in a cramped position or in abnormally dirty conditions (eg cleaning-out fuel tanks).

    b. UWA Task Code 2. Work undertaken in unusually hot/humid and uncomfortable conditions, where temperatures are well in excess of the outside ambient temperature and where air conditioning is not installed (eg kitchens/galleys, boiler rooms, metal ISO containers and armoured vehicles). In operational situations, Theatre J1 staffs will assess the prevailing temperature, humidity and any available Environmental Health/medical advice and advise COs accordingly.

    c. UWA Task Code 3. Working whilst unprotected in a particularly hot sun or extreme cold and constantly handling metal and/or oil and lubricants (eg mechanics); or working in particularly hot or humid conditions where full protective clothing is required by Health and Safety regulations or operational conditions dictate (eg specialist fire retardant clothing, breathing apparatus, anti-flash clothing or body armour/helmets).

    d. UWA Task Code 4. Working with hazardous or noxious substances where the operators necessarily wear protective masks and clothing as required by Health and Safety regulations (eg employment on phenol paint stripping duties, working with carbon fibre, lagging duties on ships, stripping oil soaked ISO containers in extreme weather conditions and chemical cleaning of aero-engines).

    e. UWA Task Code 5. Carrying out target maintenance duties in protective clothing on the coastal ranges necessitating arduous work in water and mud along the coastline.

    f. UWA Task Code 6. Providing assistance to the civil authorities where working conditions are more unpleasant than those normally encountered and necessitate wearing protective clothing (eg during a fireman’s strike or disaster relief/humanitarian operations).

    g. UWA Task Code 7. Sanitary duties, for up to 4 hours in any one locally determined working day/shift or equivalent, where protective clothing is required. This includes:

    (1) The emptying of sewage treatment plants (STPs), slop drain and sewage tanks, cesspits, latrines, port-a-loos and stagnant wells (eg ‘Honey Sucker’ duties); or

    (2) Multi-engine aircraft toilet servicing/emptying duties. For aircraft with 4 or more toilets payment will be limited to a maximum of 2 Service personnel per aircraft turn around. For aircraft with between one and 3 toilets, payment will be limited to 1 Service person per aircraft turnaround.

    (3) Cleaning or repair work inside an STP, unblocking toilet systems (ie a system that requires more significant work than use of a plunger) or sealing a breach in the sewage or slop pipe work; or

    (4) The disposal of human excreta or animal carcases by incineration or otherwise.

    10.0107. Level 2. This level is to be authorised by the Contingent Commander1 or, in operational overseas scenarios, the NSE Commander based on the advice of the J1 staff in JFLogC/NSE. Level 2 tasks are grouped into 4 Task Codes:

    a. UWA Task Code 8. Sorting, handling, bagging and/or compacting of food waste and general garbage for at least 4 hours in any one locally determined working day/shift or equivalent, where protective clothing is required (eg personnel operating a gash compactor on a ship or involved in the disposal of large quantities of rotting waste when providing assistance to the civil authorities in clearing refuse during industrial action). This does not include those personnel involved in the routine disposal of gash/waste in circumstances which can be regarded as forming a normal part of Service life (covered as part of the X- factor of basic pay). Nor does this include supervision of gash/waste disposal, working in the pot wash or in galleys.

    b. UWA Task Code 9. Cumulative periods of employment on sanitary duties that total more than 4 hours in any one locally determined working day/shift or equivalent, where protective clothing is required. This covers the same duties as detailed in Task Code 7 (which attracts Level 1 UWA), but the higher Level 2 UWA is paid for cumulative periods in excess of 4 hours in any one locally determined working day/shift or equivalent.

    c. UWA Task Code 10. Recovery and handling of small numbers of un-coffined military corpses and remains.

    d. UWA Task Code 11. Exhumation or identification, recovery or handling of un-coffined corpses beyond the exigencies of normal Service life (eg Search and Rescue duties).

    10.0108. Level 3. UWA Task Code 12. This level is to be paid under the authority of a National Contingent Commander or Lead Headquarters; they may delegate to COs where operational circumstances dictate. As already stated at paragraph 10.0105c, Level 3 is for tasks that involve the recovery, handling or exhumation of large numbers of un-coffined human remains (eg following a major civil disaster, during humanitarian relief operations or significant loss of military personnel).

    CONDITIONS

    10.0109. Other Deserving Cases. The guidelines at paragraphs 10.0106 to 10.0108 are illustrative only. If COs consider other cases deserving, advice is to be sought from JPAC Pay and Allowances Casework Cell (PACC). Once authorised, these will be input as UWA Task Codes 13 to 15, as appropriate.

    10.0110. Concurrent Payments. No Service person may receive more than one payment of UWA concurrently. Where different duties in a single day fall into more than one level, the highest qualified level achieved should be paid for that day. Concurrent payment of UWA and Unpleasant Living Allowance (ULA) is permitted.

    RATES

    10.0111. Rate Calculation. The Secretary of State for Defence confirms the rate of UWA. The SofS bases those rates upon recommendations made by the Armed Forces Pay Review Body (AFPRB) annually. The AFPRB base their recommendation on evidence gathered (eg from MOD Papers of Evidence, visits to military establishments, other specially commissioned studies). Normally, they recommend that the rate increases at the same percentage as the annual pay award. The rate of UWA will be published annually by the AFPRB. The rate is also published in the annual MOD SP Pol Allces Directed Letter “Rates of Entitlement for Allowances for Service Personnel”. The current rates are also at Chapter 1 Section 6.

    METHOD OF CLAIM

    10.0112. Method of Claim. Completed and authorised copies of Annex A to this Section are to be submitted monthly in arrears to the unit HR admin staff. They will then process the forms and enter them onto JPA using an ‘Element Entry’ for payment to the entitled personnel.

    METHOD OF PAYMENT

    10.0113. Calculation of Payment. Service personnel undertaking any duties meeting the requirements outlined at paragraphs 10.0106 to 10.0108 for the minimum time within the locally determined working day, where applicable, will receive the appropriate daily rate of UWA for that day. UWA is paid as a daily allowance, for the days that qualify for payment of UWA via the Service person’s salary.

    10.0114. Record of Payment. Payment should normally be for limited periods only and a detailed record of the work for which UWA is claimed is to be maintained by the authorising unit (see Annex A to this Section) on a unit UWA record file and a copy placed on the Service person’s file.

    10.0115. Auditing. The details recorded in the unit records are to be retained for 6 years for audit purposes. For operations manned by non-formed units, the records are to be forwarded to the JPAC for archiving on closure of the associated operational admin unit.

    Annex A to this Chapter (The Claim Form gives an eg as follows:

    2 Outline description eg Patrolling in CBA, Welding in protective clothing, chef.

    It would seem that 10.0106 Sub Para c (above) refers, Authorised by NSE on the advice of J1 staff:salut: