Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Update on the Work thing

I wasn't going to blog about this until all had been resolved, but with me being off sick until at least the middle of February I thought what the hell.

Sometime back I put in for a regrade at work. My official job title is Telecoms Supervisor, but for the last 2 years, I have taken on lots more resposibility and assist the Telephone Services manager, which in my book, makes me an assistant Telephone Services manager.

So, what happened? Well HR decided they were going to look at everyones salary grade and decided I needed to be downgraded to pay scale 4 (same as the senior telephonist) instead of the 5 I was on. Oh that was alright, they said, I was salary protected! Which I was. Trouble was when I appealed and told them that my actual job was NOTHING like the description for telephone supervisor, I was told I would have to apply for a regrade.

Well last February my manager and me did just that. After going backwards and forwards to her manager and him adding MORE work to the description and then the director finally approving it, off it went to HR.

Finally, after returning from Grenada, my manager sat me down and told me the news!!!

HR had approved the job description!!
HR had approved the job title change!!!

But HR had deemed it a new vacancy and it was going to be advertised and I would have to apply for the job with anyone else who wanted it!
I must admit. I cried.

Then hear the rest!

The salary was set at pay scale 5 - The same salary I was on, but with an increment a year after I started the job, assuming I got it!

I would have to sign a new contract which would NOT include 12 'option' days holiday- Which I WAS prepared to give up

As it was a new post, there would be no back pay for all the time I have been doing it- Assuming I get the job!!

So basically is it worth applying for? Wouldn't I just be better off looking for a job that will incorporate my new skills and pay me a proper salary? What happens to my current job, if I apply and DON'T get it?
To add insult to injury, a person doing an equivilent job, who had his salary downgraded to a 4, got his reinstated to a grade 5 when he appealed, whats more, he had a job title and description change and DIDN'T have to apply for his job!!!

Maybe they are trying to tell me something?
Maybe being off sick is giving me too much time to think.

So I have the union looking at it now. I will let you know. Can anyone give me a job please?!!!


Knowleypowley said...


Sorry you are going through this. As a worker within the NHS, I can confirm there is a lot of this type of thing going on in the world (it's happening to me as well as my post has moved 30 miles up the road). Keep going with the Union and fight it all the way.

Try not to dwell on it too much (hard I know) And I wish you all the best for 2007.


Gary said...

Didnt really understand whats happening with your job Carol but its obviously causing you distress so all I can do is wish you luck.

Knowleypowley said...

Happy New Year Carol - how's it going matey?

Carol said...

Happy New Year Pete/Gary. I can't say it is going swimmingly, but I am about to perpetrate some psychological warfare which will make me feel MUCH better!! You never know, it may make a good blog!!!
:-) 2007 I am hoping, will see some massive changes for me.

Knowleypowley said...

Go Gurl