Hello my name is ***** ***** I am happy to help you today. What business reason have you been given for this?
Have they detailed what those needs are and why those on less hours are not required to work weekends?
Have you asked?
Ok have you actually been given notice of a change of terms and conditions to require you to work Saturdays?
When does the notice period end?
Ok so were you given 12 weeks notice on the 8th September or did the notice end on that date?
Ok thanks one final question before I respond in full are you a more mature employee having worked there for 24 years ?
Ok thanks. I would suggest that you raise a grievance that what they are asking you to do amounts to a variation in terms and conditions and that you do not agree to the variation on the basis that it is unfair for you to be asked to work weekends when you have not been required to work them for the last 24 years and that it is unfair that you have been asked to do these hours when others who work less hours have not been asked to do so. You should state that furthermore the fact that it has been stated that you are not flexible enough could be deemed to amount to age discrimination contrary to the Equality Act 2010. You should state that if this change is forced without notice given (which should be 12 weeks) it would amount to a unilateral variation of contract which is unlawful and that even if correct notice is given you will not be able to work and will consider claiming unfair dismissal and age discrimination. Hopefully this will lead the employer to see sense.
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No problem, I hope your employer will reconsider. Please remember to rate my answer and do come back to me in the future if you need to.