Ok thanks, ***** ***** primarily where the issue lies – you do not have guaranteed days of work, and in turn – no guaranteed days off. The fact that you have to submit a request for days off confirms this. Whilst you can try and argue that you have had the same working days for 2 years and they have practically become an implied contractual term, only an Employment Tribunal or court can decide if that is the case. Therefore, if that is the approach you take and have the days off anyway, it would depend on what the employer does – if they dismiss you, that is where you would be claiming for unfair dismissal and asking the Employment Tribunal to determine that the pattern had become a contractual one. So you either accept the employer’s position, or you take the time off anyway with the above risks.
Another option is to raise a formal grievance about it to try and resolver it before the time in question. You can get a detailed explanation of the grievance process here:
In summary, an employee is expected to submit their concerns in writing and send them to their line manager, or whoever is nominated as the person to send grievances to under an official workplace grievance policy.
The complaint should include details of what the grievance is about, any evidence that may exist which is relevant and also what the employee wants their employer to do about this issue.
Once the grievance has been submitted, the employer is expected to arrange a formal grievance hearing, inviting the employee to attend and discuss the nature of their complaint. The meeting is also as an opportunity to ask for further clarification or information, as required.
Following the meeting, the employer will take time to consider all the issues and evidence and then make a decision, communicating it to the employee. If the outcome is not to the complainant’s satisfaction, they can appeal and get a second opinion from a different person assigned by the employer to consider the appeal. Once the appeal is also completed, that brings to an end the formal grievance process and there is no option to escalate it further internally.