Hi all hope everyone is ok,
I will try to keep this short!!!!
I have RA and fibro, had. RA for 5 years now, I'm on enbrel, mtx and some others.
I used to work shift work, earlies, nights and a late shift with various 12, 10 and 8 hrs in the mix too! I work in a busy warehouse on a fork lift truck, out in the cold, with manual labour too.
I asked for reasonable adjustments as I was struggling with the shift pattern and long days as I have 2 hrs travelling on top of my shifts.
My team leader was ver accommodating and I have been on 8 hr shift pattern for 3 years.
The last year I have been on a 7-3pm day shift as was still struggling working nights in the cold etc, I was backed up by my GP, she said the best thing that could of happened as now in a routine, going to bed same time and everything else we need to maintain our health.
My absence levels dropped quite a lot, but I'm now being penalised because of this!,
Monday I have a meeting with the dreaded HR. We have a separate healthcare company dealing with our sickness/ illnesses and they are telling me my fatigue is not related to my RA, my constant knee pain, which is where it all started Is not arthritis related and many more conflicting stories.
They now want me to have a phased return to work and back to full duties like I have magically got better, I wish, I even struggle with 8 hrs as after travel it is 10!!
I spoke to EASS and they have told me basically that is against the equality act as we are considered disabled people under there phasing.
App they can't give me reasonable adjustments and then take them away wen I obvioulsly am not better!
Who else has had work issues and is there any advice u can give me as its really playing on my mind now, with how to deal with this? I am in a union and my rep will be there who is brilliant, but I think it's wrong that as a company they can ask me to do something that Could potentially harm me or injure me further!,