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Christmas party - to go or not to go

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wurlycurly Mon 28-Nov-16 19:13:11

The company I work for was bought this year by a bigger company. Our company is a retail business, so a seven-day-a-week business. Our parent company is a weekday business.
This year we are all invited to travel to a big company Christmas party. I wanted to go and was planning to go but have now found out that as I am hourly paid I won't be paid on the day of the party. I am scheduled to work on that day as I always work that day of the week. All salaried staff scheduled to work that day will be paid. So in order to be paid I will have to stay behind to watch the shop.
AIBU to think this is discriminatory?

Pettywoman Mon 28-Nov-16 19:15:25

Christmas parties are awful anyway. Get the money and go out with your real friends.

wurlycurly Mon 28-Nov-16 19:18:04

You are right prettywoman, there is no way I'm going to go if all the others are getting paid. They'll probably only give me crumbs too.

BackforGood Mon 28-Nov-16 19:23:21

I think I would clarify with HR from the parent company that that is what they intended to happen - it might well be that it hasn't occurred to the person organising the 'do'.

However, if it's retail, won't they have to leave a whole shift full of people in the shop ? confused

starchildareyoulistening Mon 28-Nov-16 19:24:51

Seconded. Get paid and go out with some people you actually like. I never go to work dos, I get on ok with my colleagues but I spend 40 hours a week with the fuckers, the last thing I want to do is socialise with them as well!

Pettywoman Mon 28-Nov-16 19:25:29

I'm angling to skive my works Christmas party too. I don't want to pay for a meal with people I don't like or know. I'm using a babysitting problem as an excuse. I work in retail too but I work on my own and never see my colleagues.

wurlycurly Mon 28-Nov-16 19:27:33

Sorry petty woman I called you prettywoman!

Pineapplemilkshake Mon 28-Nov-16 19:27:42

God I would love to be able to miss the Christmas party but unfortunately as I'm the boss and also paying for it, I have to go grin

I think they are hell on earth especially for introverts like me.

thewooster Mon 28-Nov-16 20:02:25

I'm an introvert too and if I could get rid of Christmas parties forever, I'd be a happy bunny.

GreenTureen Mon 28-Nov-16 20:05:36

It's probably not op and is down to a difference in the contract of salaried and hourly paid staff. Worth raising though, to ask why.

Allthebestnamesareused Mon 28-Nov-16 20:43:21

Also if the majority of the hourly paid staff are women or are all women then it could be a case of indirect discrimination!

wurlycurly Mon 28-Nov-16 20:56:03

It discriminates against part time workers, and yes the majority of these are women. I would stress that I love parties but am not that fussed about going to this one. Whets irking me is that having worked four days a week for ten years in this company I don't have hecsame rights as a nine-to-fiver Monday-to-fridayer

wurlycurly Mon 28-Nov-16 20:58:42

Sorry, a lot of typos there!

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