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Does your contract state you could be asked to attend meetings outside of normal working hours or be asked to work overtime as needed?
Is this the first time it has happened?
and how long have you worked there for?
Generally the employer would need something in the contract to allow them to ask you to attend meetings outside of normal working hours. Whilst there is nothing specific in the handbook, it does say they may ask you to work overtime which can potentially include coming in for additional time for work or meetings. Also the employer could say it is a reasonable request to ask that, and usually it will be seen as one, as long as it is not done too often.
The issue here is that you have less than 2 years’ service. You have no protection against unfair dismissal which means thy can dismiss you for more or less any reason, including refusing to attend the meeting. So whilst you may be able to try and argue that there is nothing concrete in the contract allowing them to request your attendance out of hours, the flip side is that they can just dismiss you instead, which obviously you want to avoid. So bear that in mind when deciding how much to challenge it.
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