Thanks for your informative post.
I'm a Council employee in Children's Services. My contract is, technically, still that of a Personal Assistant. When I started working for the Council, I was an agency temp and the Council's partner company "bought me out" of the agency, and I started working for the Home to School Transport team, designing pupil databases, sending letters out and dealing with the returned forms for pupils who were entitled to a school bus pass, and then the actual design and production of the passes themselves. After six months of this, a job came up in the PAs section to work for one of the Assistant Directors, and a large part of that job was minute taking, which is, as such, written into my contract.
When the Assistant Director left a few years ago, I was moved to "plug a gap" in the Advisory service (their support officer was off on maternity leave). But technically, I was still under the same contract as I had been as a PA. Last year, we all transferred to the Council itself when the partnership was dissolved, and I was informed that, as a result, I would get a new contract. Since moving over here, I haven't been required to minute a regular meeting, but would get asked occasionally to cover it if the PA who normally did it was off or in another meeting. The last time was not long after I'd badly hurt my back and I ended up being sent home, and hadn't been asked to cover since, so I thought that they had maybe realised that I wouldn't cope with it and decided not to ask me.
The meeting arrangements are all due to change and I have been informed that it is "more appropriate" for me to minute these particular meetings than for one of the PAs. I will have a chat with the OH person to see what they think, though. Given the problems I and my ex-husband had with the Council's partner due to disability and health issues, I'm always afraid to say that I struggle with anything. I know that I shouldn't really just carry on regardless, and my partner is forever going on at me about pacing myself and not causing further aggrivation to prolong the amount of time I am actually well enough to work for, but I find it really difficult to talk to my colleagues about it all, and I am just so grateful that my line manager actually noticed I was struggling and suggested the Assessment, rather than me having to pluck up the courage to ask for it!
You're right, though, I could probably do with a chat with my Union representative.