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Changing terms and conditions

Changing terms and conditions

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My husband works for the NHS and has been told that as from the middle of next month, he has to work one evening a week, in addition to his daytime duties (he is being paid for the extra hours).

Apart from this creating all sorts of headaches for us in practical terms, I wonder if this is acceptable? Surely a change to terms and conditions needs to be discussed and agreed? He's not in a position to refuse, but can he request a review or limits?

He doesn't want to create a problem for the department, but I'm concerned that if he doesn't challenge this now, other changes will be imposed in the future.

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By Taradaynes
04th May 2012 16:19

...in other words, a change that is imposed by one party on the other. I would suggest checking his written statement of terms & conditions (contract doc) to see if there are any clauses relating to changes of T&Cs, or any mobility clauses or similar. It may be that this change has been consulted on collectively (eg through TU reps) rather than individually, & he has somehow missed out on hearing about it. But if it is just a case of them imposing a change of hours without reasonable consultation, notice or justification, then there would be grounds for him to submit a formal grievance, particularly if it causes significant difficulty for him to comply with the new arrangements.

 

Hope that helps!

Tara

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By Sheridan Webb
14th May 2012 09:17

There was defintely no propoer consultation, but there are 'special circumstances'. He has put it in writing that he only accepts the changes as temporary, and when those circumstances change, he expects to go back to the previous arrangement. Pleased that he has probably done the right thing!

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