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Urgent Advice Needed
Hi there
Hope everyone is okay
I am in a little bit of a dilemma here and would appreciate any form of advice
I love the job I do but it appears I am a victim of mismanagement (as stated by the union rep)
I was coming in from my lunch break and was accosted by 2 children to resolve an issue but forgot to inform the manager because I was the alone left in charge of signing everyone out for the rest of the day. It was brought to the manager’s attention the next day and I was suspended for failing to tell the manager.
Please note: there was no harm, threat or danger done to anyone and it was my intention to provide an update about the arguement but as i mentioned earlier i was left alone to sign people out
Whilst I know that I am not in the managers good books (for reasons I don’t know) I have not let it affect my work or have any form of confrontation despite things being brought to my attention.
I attended a meeting with my union rep, wrote my statements and my colleagues have also written a few constructive things about the work I do. In addition to my job I am voluteering with a Montessori to complete my postgraduate degree.
My current place of employment has temporarily closed down due to other management issues, cuts.. and my colleagues have been assigned to other roles within the council temporarily
**My employment is a fixed term employment renewed evey year and it’s from september to sepember but holidays start in July
I received letters in the following order
• Initial suspension Letter
• Letter to a meeting
• Letter informing me of a hearing (no dates)
• Letter stating i have been assimilated and will be redeployed within the council renewing contract (letter given to all my colleagues too)...... my union rep says it was sent to prevent the council from looking prejudiced
• A new letter stating my suspension has been extended till the conclusion of my hearing (no dates) and i should contact a new manager if i wanted more information.
I have been suspended now for 6 weeks and no employee will know whats happening to where they will work till September because it’s term time holidays
My Union Rep has said the following:
• I am a victim of mismanagement
• I have a 40/60 chace of keeping job despite my colleagues support
I am really tired and is extremely frustrated at the entire process. Frankly speaking I didnt think it will get this far. I am considering resigning with immediate effect but I am a bit concerned about several issues:
• Sending my resignation to the new manager listed in the current letter
• Although the organisation is run by the council it is been temporarily shut down and we don’t know if it/when it will open
• The possibility of my resignation being rejected
• Concerned about references (i was redeployed there for 6mths but been with the council for 20mths............. previous organisation was closed down)
• I don’t stand the chance of appeal because f my length of service
• If I wait there is a possibility I may be dismissed because the alleagation is gross misconduct i.e failing to inform the manager despite resolving the issue
I am getting tired of waiting indefinitely not knowing what to do. I also need to clear my head, think positive finish my postgraduate course and start looking for a new job
I will appreciate any advice
Thank you
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: UK Employment Law
Expert:  Ben Jones replied 2 years ago.
Hello, my name is***** am a solicitor on this site and it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today. How long have you worked there for and what specific questions do you actually have about this situation please?