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welshlady2014 Wed 26-Nov-14 19:51:22

Hi i work in retail and have a question regarding hours. In one department there are 8 female workers, 4 with children and 4 without. The shop is open 9-6 mon -sat and 11-5 on sunday.
The staff with children are all refusing to work till 6 due to childcare issues and also some are saying they cannot work weekends/certain days also because of childcare issues. One member of staff seems to think that she is untouchable because she has a child.
Its causing a lot of tension between the staff with children and the staff without. The staff without children are getting annoyed about their hours constantly changing to fit in with the other staff.
Is this normal in other workplaces?

Viviennemary Wed 26-Nov-14 19:54:08

It is usual in a company for people with young children to be given a bit of 'leeway'. Other staff shouldn't really have to pick up the slack on a permanent basis. The conditions of service should apply to everyone but with a bit of discretion from management.

SkyHighWhy Wed 26-Nov-14 21:32:40

In what way are they 'refusing'? Did they know that the hours would include working until 6pm or on Sundays, when they took the job? Or have the hours changed since they started?

I'm assuming you operate a rota of some sort. Has something changed recently, either in the workplace, or in the homelife of one of the staff?

welshlady2014 Thu 27-Nov-14 07:32:15

They knew that they had to work till 6 as they were working till 6 before having children. They refuse to management by saying they have to pick their children up from nursery before 6pm, but then tell staff that their partners could pick their children up but they don't want to work till 6 as that would mean getting home too late.

There is a rota which is 9-6 and 1 in 4 Saturdays/Sunday for the staff with no children and 9-5.30 for staff with children - no Saturdays or Sundays are worked.

flowery Thu 27-Nov-14 12:49:27

Presumably they are only getting paid until 5.30 rather than 6? It's something management have to deal with really.

PHM2014 Mon 08-Dec-14 14:27:39

My employer refused my flexiable working request although it is doable.
How can I write an appeal? Lawyer charge almost £300.00.
Please helpfsad

Unexpected Tue 09-Dec-14 15:04:16

You shouldn't need a lawyer to do the appeal. Did you apply formally and did your company decline the request formally? What reason(s) did they give for declining the request? Be aware though, that just because you believe that a request is "doable" does not mean that they have to agree to it.

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