I have been employed there since 01/01/2014. The company is ISS a multi million pound facilities services provider and I carry out maintenance at Newham General Hospital.
If you have been continuously employed at your place of work for less than 2 years then your employment rights will unfortunately be somewhat limited. Most importantly, you will not be protected against unfair dismissal. This means that your employer can dismiss you for more or less any reason, and without following a fair procedure, as long as their decision is not based on discriminatory grounds (i.e. because of gender, race, religion, age, a disability, sexual orientation, etc.) or because you were trying to assert any of your statutory rights (e.g. requesting maternity/paternity leave, etc.). So in the circumstances they could ask you to do things even if they are not in your contract, although you have the right to refuse. Should the company become unhappy with your response or refusal to do as asked they can then very easily just terminate your current contract by giving you the notice period stated in it (or a week’s notice if no notice periods is mentioned) and it will bring the current ar5rangements to an end. They can then issue you with a new contract containing the new terms and you can then either accept it or refuse to do so and it will mean your employment with them would be terminated. Due to the length of service you will unfortunately not be able to claim unfair dismissal or challenge this.
I'm sorry if this is not necessarily the answer you wanted to hear but I hope you understand I have a duty to be honest and explain the law as it actually stands and sometimes this does unfortunately mean delivering bad news from time to time. Please let me know if you need me to clarify anything.
Ok, thankyou. You're right that's not what i wanted to hear, but I do need to know how I stand legally. So thankyou for your help.
John, sorry kept inadvertantly hitting return!!
you are welcome and all the best
Could i just ask if i had been in this employment for over 2 years would i be able to refuse the call out? I shall then leave you in peace!
How long has this arrangement been in place for?
About 6 years that call out has been carried out in the Hospital
Don't worry I won't take up any more of your time, I don't think I can face staying here until January anyway, I think i'll just go soon anyway.
Thanks, ***** ***** very helpful, best wishes, John
ok you re most welcome, all the best