Just another quick update which I forgot to mention previously. This is likely to get a good reaction from you guys.
On 25th February 2013 I emailed my boss advising her that my Union Rep could not make my Final Review Meeting on 8th March 2013 due to other commitments. I requested that she rearrange the meeting for either 11th or 12th March.
After a couple of days she still hadn’t responded so I pulled her aside when she was passing me in the corridor and asked her if she had received my email. She sort of chuckled and said ‘oh yes, I did receive it but it’s really nothing to worry about the meeting is really just a formality, I don’t really think having Frank there is necessary’. She then made her excuses about being late for a meeting and scarpered down the hall.
I was left a bit dumb-struck and angered that she made such a comment when it is MY right and decision as to whether I want my Union Rep there or not. I went back to my desk and loudly explained what had just happened to my immediate colleagues all of whom were shocked that she would try to talk me out of having representation but all agreed that it was just like her to do something like that. Several of my colleagues remember this happening.
A few days later I then received an email inviting me to attend the meeting still on 8th March 2013 - even though I had told her that my rep could not make it. I responded to her invite by declining it and giving the reasons why.
My rep now feels this was her trying to enforce the meeting on the 8th March knowing I would not have representation and that this could amount to bullying/not adhering to policy/unfair treatment.
After another few days she did eventually agree to move the meeting to a suitable date.
I have contacted the colleagues who witnessed my rant about her trying to talk me out of having representation and they are all happy to provide witness statements.
In addition, my union rep has noted an entry in a meeting with my manager in January 2013 - this meeting was setting and confirming my action plan between December 2012 and 8th March 2013. During the meeting I asked ‘If I remain in work as per my contracted hours between now and 8th March 2013 what is the likely outcome of the formal review’. My managers response was ‘Even if you do meet the plan dismissal could still be the outcome’. Surely this means that it wouldn’t have mattered what I did during that period as she had already made her mind up that she was getting rid of me and by holding formal meetings and setting action plans she was merely attempting to follow procedure.
The more and more I think about it the more angry I am becoming about the way I have been treated. My union rep is first focussing on the appeal in an attempt to have me reinstated to the job but I’m not sure I could go back and work for a company who has treated me like this.
Rant over but opinions and comments are more than welcome x