Hello, my name is***** am a qualified lawyer and I will be assisting you with your question today. Was a permanent move to France ever formally promised to you or has it never been a guarantee?
Thank you. Based on the circumstances it will be somewhat difficult to legally challenge this unfortunately. First of all the employer has no obligation to offer you a permanent move to France. I understand that you may be viewed as a valuable employee and that they support a commuting arrangement at present but they would not in any way be obligated to move you there permanently. So whilst you can push for that and hope that it happens, nothing can force them to do it as there is no contractual obligation on them to do so.
In terms of voluntary redundancy the position is very similar – the employer can offer VR to employees but whoever applies, they are not obliged to offer accept their application. So whilst there would have been nothing stopping you from applying for VR, the employer could have rejected your application on more or less whatever grounds they wanted to.
So whilst you can raise an internal grievance about this at any time, if you have had to resign as a result, I am afraid I do not see any grounds on which you can make a claim, such as for constructive dismissal or redundancy.
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