Am waiting on a phone call from the union. Unfortunately, my office seem to be very good at not getting back in touch
So i'll ask here just in case anyone has gone through the same thing.
* Been off work all this year apart from the 1st week in Jan
* Get a letter from work in Feb saying when i return, there'll be a meeting about proposals to change the T&Cs with regards to working times, hours, etc
* Have a welfare meeting a few weeks ago & in it, what the lads facebook'd me is confirmed -
Our T&C's/old T&C's say we have a 40hour working week. It's a building firm so has been hit by lack of work (think Travis Perkins sort of thing). Last year we were put on a cycle that reduced our hours, but we'd get paid the 40. When the first time someone worked LESS than 40, it didn't go down well with the powers that be, so from then on, if you looked like you weren't going to get your 40, you were asked to come in earlier at the end of the week. If you refused, you wouldn't get paid your 40hrs as you'd turned the work down.
* in this meeting, i'm told they can no longer garuntee 40hours.
That's as much as was said.
I've no idea where i stand.
I understand they can change things, so there's no point in fighting that, but "we can't garuntee 40hours" is a very open statement.
I was told they usually do get 40, but sometimes only get 38 (so i assume will now only get paid for 38 )
The thing is, what is stopping them from saying, we don't need you next week & you're a week without pay (to us an extreme example)? Or, we only need you for 1 day next week - so for 1 week you only get a days pay.
THAT is my concern. As come winter, the hours will drop anyway.