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11 year This week
The consultation, redundancy etc I have no rela issue with.
It's the fact an email has been sent on Friday announcing it has stopped as target savings reached, then when I reply I am told that was a generic email and it doesn't include me.
Apart from misleading everyone and me, is this actually legal? That's my main question
Thank you very much for clarifying. First of all, I am sorry to hear about the issues you have experienced in your situation.
So just to clarify, you are still proceeding with the consultation as normal, and the issue is that you are unhappy you received an email which said this won’t be the case, even though it is?
They are telling me I need to proceed, despite sending a whole staff email saying no further redundancies
I am asking is that legal?
Thank you very much for clarifying. What they have done is bad practice but it is not illegal. There could be all sorts of reasons why the email was sent and it could easily be an error or a misunderstanding. Either way, it does not mean that your rights suddenly change and you cannot proceed with the redundancy. I appreciate it would not have been a nice feeling to be told in an email that no further redundancies will take place, yet you are still proceeding with one, but none of this is illegal, it is just unprofessional, that is all.
Thanks Ben, appreciate quick reply.
In terms of action from my side do you think it would be appropriate to put forward a grievance regarding this?
You can do but you have to remember that a grievance is just an internal process and it is up to the employer to decide what the outcome would be. If there is still a genuine redundancy situation in your case, then they can legally still proceed with it anyway, regardless of what that one email said
The redundancy isn't the issue so much, it's the manner in which I've been treated.there is more to it than this single email but thank you for the advice.
From what I have seen there is a distinct difference between what is unlawful and what is simply considered bad practice and unprofessional conduct. So far it all seems to fall within the latter