I agree it does sound as though they are compromising. They are not just not paying you, they are instead giving you the option to take paid holiday so you don't lose out financially, or to make up the time.
Nightmare. I don't think there's anything you can do. Think companies are getting much tougher on snow days as they stand to really lose out if they pay everyone who doesn't come in. Some people take the piss as well and claim they can't go in because of one snowflake when they live within walking distance of their office. But it's crap if you genuinely can't get to work and have to take precious A/L or lose money.
DP is down a hundred quid on his wages this week. He had two days off when public transport was taken off and our road was blocked. He works 14 miles away so no way he could get in on foot. Despite having a lot of AL stored work can't pay him because the company does not allow staff to take holidays during December.
2days = 15 hours, yes? You shouldn't be made to work an extra 15 hours in a week, if you work 37 hours already it would contravene the 48 hour working week thingy (assuming that still exists anywhere and is adhered to). You should be allowed to make up the time over longer than a week, even if you do an extra hour a day, that would only take 3 weeks.
I don't believe anyone should lose pay if the company decides to close, that's just wrong.
Just had some good news, someone in same position as me threatened to get union involved so those who were told not to come in are going to get paid I will believe it when I see it but its going to be a relief