I've been feeling depressed and stressed. I'm 14 weeks nearly and my exhaustion is getting worse. My employer is making me work 50 - 60 hours 6 days a week with little rest in between days. I have a driving job and almost fell asleep being the wheel the worst being on the M1 the other day. I have asked them a couple of times to stop as I'm exhausted and struggling to cope but this is just being ignored. I want to leave but I won't be able to get maternity pay. I'm seeing my doctor on Friday will they be able to help me? I feel like I'm risking mine and the baby's health
She isn't necessarily a driver from what I read, just has to travel.
EU law states 48 hours average working time per week taken over an average of 12 weeks. However, and this is extremely common in the leisure and hospitality industry, the company can ask you to sign an opt out form which will exclude you from these rights. A lot of times in the hospitality industry for example, it is signed at the point of employment without any explanation given as to what it is. (I fell foul of this and was made to work 90 hours in 1 week or risk losing my job because I had unwittingly signed my rights away. It was because 2 other managers were sick.)
I'm a coach driver I do have a tachograph but the days off can be after working nights so I don't get a day to myself and tonight for example I'm pushing 9 hours rest break because I have to be in Blackpool tomorrow. I have coaches without toilets when I'm peeing all the time and being sick and I just can't cope
I've not had any risk assessment I'm just expected to keep on working like this although I've told them I can't cope. I'm really hoping the doctor can help me I can't even have a life or spend time with my partner
Yes a doctor can absolutely reduce your working hours, and/or sign you off completely for a bit to rest. I've had my working hours reduced from a 70 hour week with overnight and weekend work to Monday-Friday 8-4 only, and work still have to pay full pay otherwise it would be pregnancy discrimination. The important thing right now is to look after yourself and your baby. And to be honest, you're not going to be doing the best job for your passengers if you're tired and feeling rotten either. Also, as pp said, your employer must do a risk assessment and make appropriate modifications to your job if needed. Good luck.
I'm so scared I'm going to fall asleep at the wheel and harm me and the child and passengers. I've had a few close calls but had to remain talking to people to stop myself from sleeping. It's all getting too much I'm desperate. I'm worried if I call in sick i'l be sacked as were busy but I can't continue like this. I just hope my stress isn't harming the little one
They know you are pregnant right? In which case they CANNOT sack you for being sick, not only that pregnancy sickness and normal sickness are classed as two completely different things. In your position I definitely think I would be calling ACAS for advice