Dear all, does anyone have any experience of this please?
I am a teaching assistant with over 12 years working in the same school on the original part-time contract [15 mins off full time].
I keep being off sick and triggering a Stage 2 meeting which is reviewing how things are going, what they can do to help and whether I can manage.
It will not stay at Stage 2 and I have alerted my union to my need for support but have thought of this question and won't have time to resolve it [I think] before my meeting tomorrow. Stage 3 is looking at the final steps I believe.
I am so bad at this stuff but have been trying to apply myself.
If I reduce my hours, say cut out Wednesdays, I may be able to continue working for longer, and feel more able to cope - the reduced pay won't be good but probably better than nothing!
However, if I keep my hours the same and reach Stage 3 I do not know what benefit there would be owing to me. From what I can make out there is a Medical Retirement - which I was offered when it was only migraines 2 years ago but has not been mentioned since - whereby the length of work x hours is paid to you, but if I cut my hours the new hours x length of service will be taken into consideration?
Is that right?
Is that how it works?
Does it have anything to do with Pension payments?
Can you see what a pickle I am in? What do I do now? I told my union I do not need anyone tomorrow but I am not so sure - I have been told others are also having the same meeting, but that does not mean I am okay. Just not singled out.
I will definitely need a union rep with me for stage 3. But what if I agree to something before that which I later regret - such as the fewer hours? Maybe I should not discuss that bit tomorrow and ask for an adjournment so a rep can be there if the subject comes up?
I was fine about this meeting, but now it is tomorrow I am frightened. Should I be?
Your advice please? I accept that most of you won't have legal knowledge, and I cannot ask that of you. I cannot hold you to account anyway, so please do not be afraid to tell me of your experiences too.
I would like to sleep tonight. So I will sign off now to give you a chance to read it. I hope to pick it up in the morning. Sorry about the short notice.