I bogged this and meant to put here:
I am a teaching assistant and have worked for my school for many years. Since I have become ill my work have been reasonable and fairly supportive, but the meetings I have had about my absences have been fairly informal, being spontanious with no warning, one to one and minutes coming later. This may or may not have been in my favour.
Two weeks ago I was told that a meeting had to be held that day. This time we went to another room and there were two of them. It was a fairly rushed meeting although they were careful to make sure I understood that they were trying to be fair. They had kept my FM labelled sick notes separate from my FM ones and tried to deal with only the sick ones. However, as I had been off so much I was coming to the end of what they could do for me and they would have to call in the County Personnel Officer saying she was really nice to reassure me. I work for an academy [school] which is partially run by them.
Since then, I have hurt my back, once at work and once from Hydro Therapy from which I am still recovering. So I expect the meeting to be called when I return.
What should I do? My union are willing to send someone to support me but need details to form a 'case'. I do not want to stir a hornet nest up unless I need to though.
Do I need them or am I making things worse?
I tried to get an Advocate but they have yet to come back to me.
I know I am coming to the end of work of this kind as I am having difficulty getting about and can bearly manage a week. I am in pain by the end of the school day so even considering reducing my hours would not really help. I have been advised and have looked into what a Medical Retirement could mean for me and feel that is the best option. However if I reduce my hours and then accept this the final payout will be substantially less.
I await your advice.