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whiskeylover Tue 20-Sep-11 11:50:54

at work we have a set of things we are meant to do. there are 7 of us all with the same contact and so same job title and pay.
1 part of the job 1 of the people refuses to do. ALWAYS. it is starting to piss me off. it doesnt mean extra work, just that they always say, oh i dont do X you will have to get one of the others.
our employer knows about this, but wont inforce that this person will have to do this task,
now am i being unreasonable to say to the employer, if they arent doing X part, then either they tell the person they have to, as detailed in the contract, or i'm going to stop doing this thing as wll?

fishie Tue 20-Sep-11 11:52:47

so who is doing it for them? You won't do yourself any favours by also behaving unreasonably.

Gissabreak Tue 20-Sep-11 11:53:12

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squeakytoy Tue 20-Sep-11 11:53:49

Hmmm... do they have a valid reason for not wanting to do it.. do they pull their weight by doing another task instead. If it is simply because they find it boring, then tough, they should still have to do it, and the employer needs to enforce it.

Realgonkid Tue 20-Sep-11 11:54:06

is it cleaning the loos?

whiskeylover Tue 20-Sep-11 11:54:19

when they wont do it, one of the other 6 have to.
at the last meeting the employer pointed out that this task was part of all the contracts and as such we are all expected to do it.

CogitoErgoSometimes Tue 20-Sep-11 11:54:23

YANBU. The decision has to rest with the person in charge. If they say it's OK for one person to opt out, that's their call. Not sure threatening the same kind of childish behaviour would make you look good, so be very wary of playing that card.

LadyBeagleEyes Tue 20-Sep-11 11:54:56

What is the thing they refuse to do?

whiskeylover Tue 20-Sep-11 11:55:10

real, not cleaning the loos, but say if we were all cleaners and they were refusing to empty bins, or clean loos its like that. there is 1 task they will not do.

squeakytoy Tue 20-Sep-11 11:56:34

The only solution (if they have no real valid reason for avoiding the job) is to have a rota with everyones name on it, and a list of the jobs they need to do.

Gissabreak Tue 20-Sep-11 11:59:48

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squeakytoy Tue 20-Sep-11 12:01:37

Its not having to sleep with the boss is it? grin

slavetofilofax Tue 20-Sep-11 12:02:49

Is it causing a problem and causing all of teh rest of you to resent this person?

If it is, then I would say you should take it to your manager and say that it is causing resentment. I think asking for a rota is a good idea.

Thumbwitch Tue 20-Sep-11 12:07:09

YANBU to be pissed off but it would be rather childish to threaten not to do it as well, which would cause the other 5 people left in the team to be truly fucked off at the both of you.
Unless you ALL refused to pick up the slack of this 1 person refusing to do the job of course.

Why won't they do it? Do you know? And your boss should really be the one to ensure the job is covered properly. Failure to comply with your contract without valid reason should surely lead to a disciplinary action, even if it's only a verbal warning.

You definitely need to take it up again with your boss, not act on your own.

WineAndPizza Tue 20-Sep-11 12:07:43

I'm intrigued too! What would happen if you just all refused to do it for her?

whostolemyname Tue 20-Sep-11 12:13:31

It totally depends what it is and why they don't do it ... you probably are not being unreasonable ... but you might be!

Gissabreak Tue 20-Sep-11 12:19:08

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Thumbwitch Tue 20-Sep-11 12:41:14

lol at Gissabreak grin

I only ever refused to do one thing my boss asked me and that was because I knew I would make a complete pig's arse of it and it would NOT be worth it - it involved finance databasing and could have been disastrous if it had gone wrong or not been kept up to date. She tried, but in the end gave it to someone far better suited to that job grin (wasn't in my contract either but a lot of what I did wasn't).

SenoritaViva Tue 20-Sep-11 12:47:40

Is it a particularly grim task?

If it is about doing extra work on behalf of that person then they should be giving some slack to the person who is covering their task. e.g. if you are cleaning the loos for them then they should be emptying the bins and polishing the mirrors for you (something equating to the time spent). Either that or you others should be renumerated more for doing it.

whiskeylover Tue 20-Sep-11 14:23:58

ok, there are 7 of us, and 7 tasks. but 2 of the tasks go hand in hand so the 2 people work together. the 7 people are all on a rota. so if me and this other person are the 2 man team i will always be going X task and they would do the other task. same if this person is paired with any of the other members of staff. so on a 7 week rota we all, appart from this 1 person do each task once. this person bumps themselve from this 1 task so once in 7 weeks 1 person has to do the task 2 times.
that make any sence?
the task is not too grim, or evil in any way. but IS in all our contracts.
i didnt really mean that i would say that i would stop doing it, i meant that if all the rest of us said well if they dont have to even tho its in their contract then why should we all do it?

cookcleanerchaufferetc Tue 20-Sep-11 14:37:45

What s the task?!?!

jendifa Tue 20-Sep-11 14:39:29

I manage a coffee shop, and refuse to clean the milk fridge as the smell would make me vomit. Everyone else knows that, and it means that someone else has to do it instead of me. Do I feel guilty? Yes. Would I start doing it due to guilt? No. I will however, do some of the other nasty jobs to make up for it.

There could be all sorts of reasons why person doesn't want to do job. Maybe ask them? How much of a difference does it make to the team if someone does said job twice in 7 weeks?

jumpingjackhash Tue 20-Sep-11 14:42:45

I think we need to know what the task is!

LadyBeagleEyes Tue 20-Sep-11 14:50:39

Why can't you say what the task is?
Do you work for MI6 or summit as you seem very secretive?
Is it sticking someone's head in a deep fat fryer grin.
spooks reference.

allhailtheaubergine Tue 20-Sep-11 14:51:06

Are you a troupe of seven gorilla-grams who do a synchronised dance routine, and your colleague always refuses to be the one who bursts out of the big cardboard cake?

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