Hello my name is ***** ***** I am happy to help you today.
How long have you worked for the employer and is overtime required by your contract?
over a year you have to be flexible
Is there a particular reason why you cannot work this overtime?
its my day off and i have plans to go out for my grand daughters b/day
have you raised this with your employer? If so what response have you received?
yes i have and they said i have to do it and they can put me down for overtime when they like
Have they said you will be dismissed if you don't work it?
not in so many words
Ok, the difficulty for you is that with less than 2 years service an employer can dismiss a person for any reason so long as it does not amount to discrimination on the grounds of a persons age, race, religion, disability, sex or for raising a health and safety complaint. If you had been there for over 2 years I would advise that it would be unreasonable for an employer to take action against you if you fail to work it for that reason but given that you have less than 2 years service your employer may choose to dismiss you and there would be little you can do about it.
Employment law does not act to protect people in your position in these circumstances due to your length of service. This means that whilst what your employer is doing is not good from an employee relations point of view they are not breaking the law.
thank you for your help and i will come to you again