I Hope This Doesn't Come Back To Haunt Me..

@Janey1966 (24127)
Carlisle, England
June 16, 2011 6:40pm CST
Mum rang me earlier and she sounded upset. It's her 65th birthday today (Friday) and on the Thursday she received a telephone call from her Union Representative telling her that, without the original letter her employer asked her to sign he cannot fight her case for dismissal due to age that is upcoming in a few weeks' time. This has been ongoing ever since she received her second letter way back on 13th April (a week after the cut-off date of 6th April). Her appeals for a copy of the letter sent to her in February have been ignored because they sent her a "doctored" version instead that she had no knowledge of previously. How convenient. I've been on the Citizen's Advice Bureau's website and - to cut a long story short, I reckon Mum has a good case for unfair dismissal as her boss, Steve, hasn't gone through the proper procedures, therefore Mum must be able to carry on working. She only wants an extra 2 years. Now, when I told Mum about the stuff I'd been reading she asked me for a copy to be sent by post to her plus one to the Union Rep's email address. This I duly did. Unfortunately, I didn't stop there and had a little email rant about the whole thing, saying that Mum's boss (Steve) has treated her appallingly and that "if you're on Steve's side and not Mum's you need to tell her so she can explore other avenues." I even told him that Mum should get the Gazette round to interview the kids in her care..see what they think of it. I also told him about my poor experiences with the same Union. I had to fight my own re-grading appeal because the Union was on Management's side - and I won too but not after pleading my case in front of 3 Councillors! Mum has been paying her Union fees from the day she started in 1974. It's about time she got something back and I said this in the email! I was none-too-pleased about the Union wanting strike action for those moaning about Pensions years from now. What about the staff that are forced to leave NOW? I asked. What about THEM? Basically, what I was saying is that this Union guy should pull his finger out. I also said that getting rid of Mum is a waste of time because someone will have to come and do the job after she has gone and no-one else wants to run such a hectic kitchen. Whether he will pull his finger out after my rant I don't know. I might've made things worse. What do you think? You know how forthright I can be at times..all this may backfire on me or work to Mum's advantage. I pray for the latter.
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@BarBaraPrz (17299)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
17 Jun 11
They may reinstate her just to get you off their case!
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
17 Jun 11
Haha! That's what I'm hoping for!
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@BarBaraPrz (17299)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
17 Jun 11
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
17 Jun 11
Mum has decided to "hold it together" at work. She was tempted to go on the sick but she's not the type of person to do this...so she's going to "tough it out" as they say. She was ordered to wear a huge "I am 65" badge at work and she told me it was so big it was weighing down her boob! When the Little Ones in the Nursery spotted it they got all excited and said, "It's your birthday, it's your birthday!" and ran over to her. She told me the bit where she started crying was the moment all these kids came up to her at dinner-time, armed with cards they had made that morning. One of them said that if she leaves he will go on pack-lunches! I have always said that the children are her biggest ally because they adore her. She needs to keep her job for their benefit. The kids live in a deprived area and Mum being nice to them is often the highlight of their day.
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
23 Jun 11
I'm thinking the odds are better that it will get them to take action than that it will tick them off and make them dig their heels in. But you never know how people will react to things.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
23 Jun 11
He hasn't had the b*lls to reply to my email, not that I expected him to, to be honest. The less he has to do, the better and I'm just another fly in the ointment so to speak. Unions are spineless now. Bring back the 70s lol.
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• United States
18 Jun 11
You sent the email and so let us just hope for the best. Do tell mum not to be upset as maybe this will work out well. If not then perhaps getting an attorney to at least fight for some form of monetary compensation for their error. Either way I do wish her well and send her a big giant kiss and hug from me as it is her birthday today!
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
18 Jun 11
• China
17 Jun 11
Your Mum won't sleep well again.Why on earth does the Union always make an issue of such thing?They agreed that your Mum could go back to work one moment;they said they couldn't speak for your Mum for lack of the original letter the next.I am not clear about that now that your Mum has a good case,why did they doctor the letter?I hope thing will take a turn for the better.
@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
17 Jun 11
Her employer realised they'd made a mistake as the April letter did not back the original February letter, therefore they sent a replacement to make it look like it was the one Mum had received. She hadn't received it as there was no form with it. She said it was a two-sided letter with a form at the bottom for her to fill in..this replacement had no such thing. This is why her employer is stalling over the original because it's evidence supporting Mum's case. The Union guy knows this too but his "efforts" to retrieve this letter are proving fruitless so far. His kick up the backside from me (especially after me mentioning the local paper) way motivate him but if he's as stubborn as Mum's boss..he'll just dig his heels in and wait for the time to pass, hoping it will all go away. Unions have become far too big in this country. Unison is made up of 3 unions, NALGO (I was in that), NUPE (Mum was in that) and COHSE. These 3 were far more powerful than UNISON is now and, in my opinion, it was a mistake to merge them all.
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