Can my employer (public sector) change my job description without any prior consultation with me? My manager has recently told me (in passing while I was giving her a lift home, not in a formal meeting) that I'll be getting a load of new work coming my way over the next few months. This was the first I've heard of it, and it was couched as a fait accompli with no request for comment by me. It's in a work area that I really loathe and have absolutely no interest in whatsoever, and it's making me feel quite miserable already that I'm going to be stuck with this stuff. I started a new role on return from maternity leave six months ago, and there is absolutely no mention of work of this type in my current JD. Obviously I will make my feelings clear at the appropriate time, however it would be very useful to know where I stand on this legally.
It's tasks and responsibilities currently unrelated to anything else I do. My work is mainly project based and I suppose a few of these are relatively standalone, but not nearly to such an outlying degree as the proposed work.
We do have quite a formal performance management system with very structured job descriptions. I can't find anything specifically relating to this in HR policy though.