Company starting to work on Sundays - what rights?

Discussion in 'Work, Careers, Employment rights, further study' started by tester1, Nov 30, 2017.

  1. tester1

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    Hi,

    Company involved has announced that they intend to start opening on Sundays.

    Employee is a full time permanent employee with company for a number of years.
    The company has not worked Sundays before.

    Company has simply sent email stating Sundays are starting.
    No details of what payments will be or whether you have an option?

    Do you have to work Sundays in this scenario or can you refuse?
    What are your rights to refuse?
    What are normal Sunday pay rates?
     
  2. tallpaul

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    What does the employee's contract say? Is the employee a member of a trade union?
     
  3. LS400

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    First and foremost, Trade unions in my opinion have brought more small business`s to the brink, in the private sector, and is a sure fire way of shutting down a thriving business. There was a time and place years ago, now its just mob rule, or you pay dearly.

    If I have a tyre shop, and I want to open Sundays, I would give the ongoing staff first preference to Sunday pay with time off during the week, will suit some and not suit others. No, I dont believe working conditions can be altered to such an extent, But if opening the business is whats needed to keep the place afloat, I would take a dim view on non co-operation. Its my business after all, Im not just there to provide you with an income, so try to see this from both sides.
     
  4. tester1

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    No trade union or access to one at this company.
    I will check contract query, not sure.
    Job was taken up on basis of 5 days a week including some Saturdays. Contract a few years old. I will check.
     
  5. Leper

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    Your employer probably will make money as a result of opening on a Sunday. There's nothing wrong with you asking for a piece of the action. Join a trades union and ask for representation on the matter. You are not your employer's conscience so have no fear of asking help from a union. Otherwise, you're on your tod . . . . sorry! I mean . . . your own.
     
  6. Purple

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    tester1, have you spoken to your employer about this?
    It is unlikely that they expect everyone to just start working Sundays.
    In short, ask for details before you take an adversarial stance. Your employer may just be rubbish at communicating.
     
  7. tester1

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    Purple unfortunately employer expects everyone to work, no options to opt out is of Sunday's and not being offered to people who want to above others who don't.
    No increase in wages.
    No clarity re rates for Sunday.
     
  8. Purple

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    Read this from Citizens Information.
    Your employer is changing the terms and conditions of your employment without your agreement. They are breaking the law.
     
  9. AlbacoreA

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    Before going off in a rant in some fantasy rant, consider the Op post. Terms and conditions changed with no warning and no context...

    Not everyone can change their schedule as they want. They may have other commitments maybe children or elderly parents...
     
  10. Purple

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    I agree but this looks like the mirror attitude from an employer. One is as bad as the other. Both will cause the business to close. Only one is relevant to the topic at hand.
     
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  11. cremeegg

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    Anyone can join a Trade Union.
     
  12. LS400

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    That actually resonates with a lot of "employers" i have worked for. Mean well, but cant seem to communicate the point across without being, unknowingly obnoxious.
     
  13. Leper

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    Great post Purple. I always thought you'd be a suitable member of the bearded union people. Well said.
     
  14. Seagull

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    I am now looking out the window for a large flock of pigs to fly by.