job post may move to different town? would I have to go if I dont have a car and travel by public transport?

(20 Posts)
waikikamookau Fri 22-Nov-13 09:04:35

would i be refused any redundancy and just have to hand in my n otice?

tweetytwat Fri 22-Nov-13 09:16:34

Are they doing a consultation for possible redundancies? If it's a long way you may be able to argue for redundancy on the grounds its not a suitable vacancy but otherwise TBH how you get to work is not their problem unfortunately.

waikikamookau Fri 22-Nov-13 09:17:39

just checked it out and it woudl take 2 hours, and 3 buses. but it is not their problem you say?

tweetytwat Fri 22-Nov-13 09:18:57

what I mean is, the fact you would need to use public transport does not make it unsuitable in itself of course, lots of people have to travel to their job and not everyone drives or has access to a car

tweetytwat Fri 22-Nov-13 09:20:12

how far is it? in miles?

waikikamookau Fri 22-Nov-13 09:20:57

ok, so can you claim benefit if you voluntarily leave your job? differentq topic i realise.

waikikamookau Fri 22-Nov-13 09:22:40

by car it is 19 miles but by public transport, it doesn't say. seems like i dont have a leg to stand on .

Spherical Fri 22-Nov-13 09:26:23

If the place of work changes it does make the post potentially redundant. If you can show that the journey to and from work would be much more difficult and/or longer, you should get redundancy.

If you choose to try the job in the new place, the law allows you a month trial period and of you find it unsuitable within the month, you can say so and still have any redundancy payments due.

expatinscotland Fri 22-Nov-13 09:28:09

Learn to drive? You can't get benefits if you leave voluntarily except for medical reasons.

Spherical Fri 22-Nov-13 09:28:47

See second bullet point in the definition of redundancy on the government website: https://www.gov.uk/staff-redundant

waikikamookau Fri 22-Nov-13 09:29:45

i can drive, cant afford the car. unfortunately

flowery Fri 22-Nov-13 09:29:52

OK, let's back up. How you get to work is their problem if they are relocating your post and there's a question of whether the relocation is a suitable alternative to redundancy or not. Personal circumstances should be taken into account.

You say your commute would be 2 hours, how long is it at the moment?

They should be consulting about the proposed move, are they doing that? The fact that the journey would make the role at the new location unsuitable for you is something you should raise as part of the consultation.

waikikamookau Fri 22-Nov-13 09:30:12

thanks spherical

flowery Fri 22-Nov-13 09:30:27

x posts with loads of people!

waikikamookau Fri 22-Nov-13 09:30:53

at the moment is 45 mins.

waikikamookau Fri 22-Nov-13 09:35:15

another issue is the contract states we can accept to work anywhere. within the organisation.
not looking good.

waikikamookau Fri 22-Nov-13 09:39:59

thanks flowery

Spherical Fri 22-Nov-13 09:47:29

Does contract say you can accept to work anywhere or that the company can require you to work anywhere within a specified geographical area?

If it is the former then, of course, you don't have to accept. If it is the latter, then the employer still needs to consult with you and give you plenty of notice of the change and take into consideration any difficulties you may have with getting to the new location. If you have the clause in your contract but in reality your job is not one that requires any mobility, you may still be able to get redundancy but it becomes a bit more of a grey area.

TheDoctrineOfWho Mon 25-Nov-13 20:56:17

Would they consider an employee loan to enable you to get a car? Or relocation expenses?

waikikamookau Mon 25-Nov-13 22:32:14

now that is a good idea doctrineofWho smile

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