Employment situation

Hi people I am currently in limbo land as am many of you I have been diagnosed with cis ,I used to work on an outdoor pig farm I have been unable to work there for two years nearly (because of balance ,fatigue and other issues ) my employer has been very helpfull and nice to me . I am still employed at this date but we have both come to the conclusion that I will be unable to go back (along with my dr ) he has called a meeting for next Tuesday and I am very worried about what’s going to happen am I going to be sacked ? . I wonder if anyone has any ideas as to what might happen or what would be best to happen for me I am so worried at the mo any help would be gratefull .

Hi anon

i was unfournately a self employed fisherman / skipper & an RNLI lifeboat mechanic / crew the RNLI said thanks & we sold my 25ft mfv to live we had nothing to fall back on , i never planned on never working it was hard & still is hopefully someone employed will give you advice , but mine is don’t worry about tomorrow until it comes , i hope things work out kk for you

regards sheep

You will come under the safeguards of the DDA and EA; see http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/advice-and-guidance/your-rights/disability/

Read the advice on this website; take someone with you at all meetings; e.g. colleague; friend or husband.

Good luck


Thanks for the help it’s just I went to the cab and they said that I would be sacked I just want what’s right for me and my family :frowning:

Sometimes it comes to the point that you are genuinely unable to work, and both you and your employer acknowledge that. Where there is no reasonable adjustment that would address the problem, and no lighter work they could offer you, sadly, termination of employment sometimes becomes inevitable. It’s not discrimination when that happens. They are not obliged to keep someone on the payroll indefinitely, when even their doctor is saying it’s v. unlikely they will ever be able to go back.

I’m guessing that working on a pig farm probably does not have an occupational pension scheme, but if it’s a large farm, with many employees, I wouldn’t rule out it still might. Do you know for sure whether you are enrolled in any kind of pension scheme, other than the state one, and if so, whether there’s any provision to take it early, if you get too ill to work?

If you have a mortgage, have you looked to see whether you have any kind of income protection or critical illness policy with it? Critical illness could be a bit tricky, because a diagnosis of CIS only probably isn’t a critical illness, according to the terms of most policies (MS almost always is).

However, if you have income protection, it may be necessary only to show you are unable to work - not that you have a critical illness. It sounds as if the evidence of your doctor may be helpful in this respect.


Thanks Anitra for your information just to clarifi if both. And my employer come to the point I am not coming back and they can’t make any adjustments would it be like making me redundant ? Or would I just get the sack I’m just trying to be sure I am getting what I’m supposed to as I have a young family to think about as well I do have a company pension but I’m not sure how to go about getting it early ?how do I go about it any ideas ? Many thanks for your info

Hi again, No, it’s not the same as redundancy - it would, in effect, be the sack, but without any disciplinary connotations - i.e. it would not be for misconduct. So you wouldn’t have any right to a redundancy settlement, but there might be a chance of drawing your pension early, depending on the rules of the scheme. As your employers have so far been nice and cooperative throughout, can you ask them who you need to speak to about your pension, and whether you may be able to retire early on ill health grounds? Then it would not be a sacking, but an early retirement, and you should get at least some portion of your pension - but as I say, it depends on the rules. It would usually not depend on your employers directly, but whoever administers the pension scheme on their behalf. They would be responsible for the rules, and how to interpret them, and determining whether your case qualifies. Some schemes will only pay out if you can’t work at all, anywhere. Others are more generous, and would only look at whether you can do your current job on a pig farm, but not mind about whether you could do easier work somewhere else. Obviously, the second kind is better, because you might be able to collect the pension AND look for some less demanding work elsewhere. Tina