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To refuse to work untill 10pm on xmas eve when above contracted hours because someone else who should doesn't want to

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b584 Sat 07-Dec-13 17:49:37

I work 16 hours a week contracted, Monday and Friday 1,30 till 10pm, those are my hours, sometimes I'm put on the rota for extra if people are on holiday etc, never been a problem, sometimes I am called in when someone is off sick, If I can do it then I will, If I have plans then I won't.

For the last two years since I've worked there I have had to work my hours over xmas, last year was xmas eve and New years eve till closing which was 8pm, the year before was boxing day and New years day the same, Wasn't a problem, I just did it as it happened to fall on my days,

This year the company has decided to stay open on xmas eve and new years eve until 10pm, Last week my manager told me that we are all expected to work on xmas eve at some point so I told him that I am happy to come in on xmas eve but it has to be middle day shift, He agreed as it is outside of my contracted hours,

Went in Yesterday and was shown the rota for xmas week, I have been put down to work xmas eve from 6pm till 10pm, when I asked why I was told it was because the lady that usually works (is conracted) to work till 10pm on a Tuesday has kicked off because she will not get to see her 2 grandchildren who live in her house with their parents put to bed on xmas eve.

She is starting work 4 hours earlier so she can finish at 6 when I am supposed to start, I have told them I will not do it as I have arrangments myself for xmas eve but they are mightly pissed off with me.


FluffyJumper Sat 07-Dec-13 23:16:55

I have a small child and I too find it really irritating that some people think that entitles them to preferential treatment around christmas.

nennypops Sun 08-Dec-13 00:22:24

Why are they opening so late anyway? Is there really enough business late on Christmas Eve to justify it?

sashh Sun 08-Dec-13 04:47:02

Stick to your guns, YANBU.

But make a plan for when she phones in sick and they ask you to stay.

BigBirthdayGloom Sun 08-Dec-13 07:45:04

This kind of thing really winds me up. I used to live a long way from work and my colleagues were lovely and used to say I should leave early/first which was very kind but I'd made the choice to work there and live where I did. Why should they accommodate that?
My sister will never have kids. She's very giving to her colleagues with them, but at the end of the day, she's forged a life with things she wants to do and I don't see why she should always work Christmas Day so they can be off. Luckily her bosses are fair. Yours should be too.

comingintomyown Sun 08-Dec-13 08:12:06

YANBU say you are prepared to do the middle shift as a favour but not the later one and don't give it a second thought

IME managers will always choose the path of least resistance to cover shifts , don't him get away with it !

Musicaltheatremum Sun 08-Dec-13 15:03:35

Knowing children they will still be awake with excitement at midnight while exhausted parents try to get the presents out so she will see them anyway.
Don't do it OP I think Rookie's idea is a good one.

PigletJohn Sun 08-Dec-13 15:23:51

the whole point of agreeing with you in advance what you were prepared to do, was so it could be, ummmm, agreed.

If some twat decides to write something else on the rota, they are a twat for publishing something that was not agreed. Their problem, not yours. Don't own it.

I love the saying "Yes, I can see you've got a problem there. What do you plan to do about this problem of yours?"

wizzler Thu 12-Dec-13 17:02:40

Did you stand your ground OP? What happened?

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