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Little Miss Urchin

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Due to a lack of communication at my new place between HR and my boss it seems I won't be getting paid 'til 25th March. Unfortunately as no-one has bothered informing me of this slight detail I have been spending/saving as I do every month.

 

Fortunately (kind of) as I don't know the number for my Switch card I've been putting more than usual on my credit card. Though not exactly an ideal situation at least this means I have a little more left in my bank than I usually do as I can pay off my card next month (though, granted, with an ever higher amount).

 

The next 5 weeks should be interesting.

 

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EXCUSE ME !

 

Thats over a month away !

 

Are you working A MONTH IN HAND ?

 

I'm not sure of the legal implications in this !

 

(Here speaks a UNISON man !)

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Hi LMU,

 

As an HR practitioner of many years, I suspect if your boss goes and sees them and says persuasively (<img src="/forum/images/graemlins/smash.gif" alt="" />) this is not a good introduction to the company for a new employee, can't we advance her two or three weeks salary, there is always a way it can be done!

 

Regards,

 

Andrew

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Get on to HR and give them hell!

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NO I BLOODY WELL CAN'T!!! GIVE ME MY MONEY!!!!!


You sound like one of my customers, LMU.

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I've come across this kind of old tosh and piffle before. It really annoys me, playing fast and loose with people who after all are a firm's greatest assett.

 

I've had problems when the inky fingered dlittle clerks in acccounts couldn't work out the salaries one month for some reason so they just didn't pay anyone! Rumblings of discontent were enough to move them - it was pointed out quite forcefully that they could either a) pay the same amounts as the previous month or B) make something up. In either case they could square it up the following month.

 

It's a total nonsense, it's very easy to pay people. You just have to write out a cheque. They can do that quick enough if the boss has to have his BMW serviced or a new computer gadget bought that somehow never appears in the office.

 

Workers of the world unite............

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As I've said before on other threads,

 

THANK GOD FOR UNIONS !

 

(That'll get the 'right-wingers' goin')

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Stuff & nonsense T.I.M ! (if you'll pardon my saying so ?)

 

When the MD at one of my previous employers (in the insurance industry); for whom I had worked for ten years; announced that they had sold the company business on to another insurance company known for aggressive buy-outs, back in 1999 - I brought in my union (GMB) and they very successfully sued for several thousand pounds worth of redundancy monies that the purchasing company were obviously loth to part with.

 

The very satisfactory conclusion to this distasteful episode was that our MD had been taken on by the purchasing company as a newly created "Acquisitions Director" and had a remit to research and acquire further insurance businesses around the local region.

 

We found out about this and phoned around every single insurance company that we could find, in order to forewarn that they might be next to suffer the same disenfranchisement as ourselves and we were sometime later rewarded with the information that our (then) ex-MD had been "let go" by the purchasing company some six-eight months down the line - due to the fact that every company he had identified had mysteriously suddenly become full of union members who made any potential further acquisitions very much more difficult indeed !

 

Sadly (I seem to pick 'em !) my last employers, for whom I worked 5 years - also caused me to sic the union on them, because they could not follow established protocols after I broke my neck and slipped a disc in a road traffic accident.

The employers let me go - as is their unquestionable right - after my being 28 weeks on sick pay, but they then refused to settle my outstanding holiday pay and also effectively summarily dismissed me on the 197th. day of my sick-leave without offering the legally required contracted 5 weeks period of notice or pay in lieu of such notice.

This case has just gone to County Court and I am awaiting notification of the date of the hearing.

 

I guess that unions are just as useful as you care to make them !

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Now I'm a union man

Amazed at what I am

I say what I think, that the company stinks

Yes I'm a union man

 

When we meet in the local hall

I'll be voting with them all

With a hell of a shout, it's "Out brothers, out!"

And the rise of the factory's fall

 

Oh, you don't get me, I'm part of the union

You don't get me, I'm part of the union

You don't get me, I'm part of the union

Until the day I die

Until the day I die

 

The union has made me wise

To the lies of the company spies

And I don't get fooled by the factory rules

'cause I always read between the lines

 

And I always get my way

If I strike for higher pay

When I show my card to the Scotland Yard

And this is what I say:

 

Oh, oh, you don't get me, I'm part of the union

You don't get me, I'm part of the union

You don't get me, I'm part of the union

Until the day I die

Until the day I die

 

Before the union did appear

My life was half as clear

Now I've got the power to the working hour

And every other day of the year

 

So though I'm a working man

I can ruin the government's plan

And though I'm not hard, the sight of my card

Makes me some kind of superman

 

Oh, oh, oh, you don't get me, I'm part of the union

You don't get me, I'm part of the union

You don't get me, I'm part of the union

Until the day I die

Until the day I die

 

You don't get me, I'm part of the union

You don't get me, I'm part of the union

You don't get me, I'm part of the union

Until the day I die

Until the day I die

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...plus and extra £200!!!

Grrr....


Was that a gross recovery or something?

Can't be any worse than the muppets who work for my payroll in Newcastle who made a right botch of my temporary contract and then when I was made permanant, took over a year to send me my permanent contract!! <img src="/forum/images/graemlins/mad.gif" alt="" />

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Being officially long-term temporarily "disabled" due to my unfortunate r.t.a 16½ months past and seemingly unable to get any sensible treatment from the N.H.S.- I am unfortunately reliant upon payments from such places as Disability Benefit, Family Tax Credit & so forth.

 

Whilst I have to commend the authorities for creating a benefit system which actually allows a person in my own "stricken" circumstances to survive reasonably well - with the belt pulled firmly in - I have to say that they really need to "get their ducks in a row" in some respects !

 

Unfortunately, I have two children with quite comprehensive learning difficulties (one severe and the other not quite so bad), which qualifies for a further benefit called "Disability Living Allowance", primarily aimed at attending to the extra costs involved with their nurture.

 

Receipt of this D.L.A. within certain strictures, also affects the amount of Family Tax Credit one receives. Both sets of D.L.A. which we receive should "boost" the F.T.C thereby.

 

OK... that is the (arcane) background to the payments - all good and well so far.

 

When my daughter's D.L.A. was reviewed upon the occasion of her 5th. birthday in October, the D.L.A. folks accidentally re-rated her onto a scale which would disqualify her from being qualified for the F.T.C "boost" referred to above.

 

Whilst it was immediately acknowledged that this was an error on the part of the D.L.A. people - like a good boy, I promptly informed the F.T.C. authorities of this "change in circumstances" and they had no alternative but to cut the F.T.C payments we were in receipt of - until such time as the D.L.A. error could be corrected.

 

Complicating matters somewhat were the facts that my daughter's award should also have been incremented due to a further additional criterion which she passed upon her 5th. birthday as well as the fact that my son's award became operative from the end of November.

 

In November, I informed D.L.A. of my son's qualification and soon thereafter payments were incremented to take this into account and F.T.C. obliged thereafter... however, there was still no movement in respect of the error about my daughter's award.

 

I waited patiently through December and then January and still there was no resolution to this problem. On January 31st. (and on several occasions since) I contacted the D.L.A. offices and asked exactly what was happening to my daughter's claim - to be advised that when they had tried to process the altered details through their computer, it had not been able to give indication of the correct award necessary !!! In other words, there is a "bug" in the programme used to calculate these awards ! This also ricochets onto our F.T.C. award, keeping it on it's reduced schedule until such time as the D.L.A. people can solve their problem !

Back in January, D.L.A. advised me that our newly adjusted claim was "in a queue" being referred to some inner sanctum office whereby I gather that it will be worked out manually... It is April 30th today and there is still no movement from that january 31st. position !

 

Luckily, we are able to manage on the amount of current benefits which we receive, if we are very careful - but I have roughly calculated that the total "missing" amounts we should have received, between the D.L.A. & F.T.C. authorities is somewhere in the region of £70-£100 per week, backdated to my daughter's birthday on October 17th. !!! That is 23 weeks and counting !!!

 

So, you can do the mathematics... I am just concerned that someone within one of these authorities will turn around and say that we are only able to back-claim for a certain reduced period of time, although any delays occurring are plainly not our fault... and wave goodbye to a thousand quid or so which should legitimately have been ours.

 

I continue to nervously await the outcome of all these shenannigans - particularly concerned that we are about to pass the end of another tax-year and assuming that the D.L.A. will be further unable to process any changes due to the claim in respect of entering the new tax year.

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