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Hi, I've received notice that my position is under threat from redundancy. I work on a rotational basis, so am on site for 3 weeks at a time. During the meeting the Director told me my position was under threat from redundancy, he also stated that they see my position ideally filled by a local for 2-3 days per week.

I see this as making me redundant as opposed to the position, is this discrimantory, and can they do this?

Thanks

Anders

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By clive boorman
21st May 2018 08:15

Hi there, because you have provided brief information; I'm not sure what a 'local' is; is it a technical term or do you mean you commute and it's someone who lives locally. However, it's not discriminatory unless you have a protected characteristic, (if it's just location that isn't direct discrimination at least).
It could potentially be unfair dismissal though, (assuming you are covered by UK law). I assume you are having formal consultations and you should state your preferences through this.
If you are covered by UK law then research the .GOV website under unfair dismissal but you can only claim this if you have been working in that job for 2 years or more.
Hope that helps.

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By Anders501
25th May 2018 18:35

Thank you for your reply
I work in a remote UK location and have to stay here for 3 weeks, living in. When I say they wish to employ a local, I mean someone who lives within daily commuting distance of the facility. In effect they are making me redundant and not the actual position.

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By clive boorman
25th May 2018 21:03

Hi Anders, unfortunately, it doesn't appear to be any type of redundancy if the job is still open, you are simply being dismissed. If they are calling it that and you have been there at least 2 years, you might have grounds for unfair dismissal. Get some legal advice would be my recommendation.

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By Anders501
27th May 2018 09:11

Thanks Clive,
I've actually been here 3 years. I know the decision has been taken purely for financial reasons. An employee from the local area can be given my job for lesser hours and salary.
They may even offer me the part time position, which they know I'll be unable to fulfil as I have to get a 5 hour train journey and an overnight ferry to site.
I appreciate you replies
Thank You
A call to ACAS will be my next move.
Regards
Anders

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