Hello, my name is***** am a qualified lawyer and I will be assisting you with your question today. When do you think the unit you were employed for will open?
Thank you. There is nothing stopping you from asking the employer about giving you unpaid leave for a period until the unit is operational but they do not have to agree to it. The main issue with your situation is your length of service. Until you have 2 years service you are not protected against unfair dismissal or constructive dismissal, which means they can dismiss you or force you to leave for more or less any reason (except discrimination, which is not relevant here). So even if they promised you a specific unit and knew you do not drive, they could ask you to work elsewhere and if you cannot do it they can either dismiss you or force you to resign and you cannot challenge it. So that is the main risk with not being able to do as requested.
In terms of issuing a contract, they should give you a written statement of employment particular within 2 months of starting. However, failure to issue you with one does not give you right to claim anything against them at this stage – it is just a requirement but not one you can enforce.
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Try to negotiate with the employer as best as you can - they have the upper hand here so just see if you can agree on something amicable
You are most welcome, best of luck