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  1. supervisor has been in that role before i started work there 12 yrs ago and unbelievable this same guy regulary turns up at work intoxicated and then drives cars in that state ( needless to say this was once of my official greviences with the manager) i know you guys are going to say call health and safety and i know your right but i feel the manager should do his job and take action emediately when this staff member goes to work like that but he doesent and he is fully aware, sometimes even made comments to myself about him stinking of alchohol , at the end the day though this is the guy on more money and supervisor role and after 26yr there still is not capable of doing half what i can and do perform
  2. i forgot to mention i have already contacted acas and they are going to look at reconcilliation based on me doing duties of a manager without reward while other members of staff were better rewarded for a far lesser responsibilty , also i have been a key holder for a long time but this was because some years ago i was also a roadside breakdown/recovery staff memeber so had to have keys to drop of cars on the forecourt when outside workshop opening times, however this role ended around 4 yrs ago due to changes in the company but i was told to "keep hold of the keys becuase u might need them" , obviously this was always his plan to end up expecting me to open up at times, it wasnt everyday i open up though and the day in question that it was opened late was because the manager himself was late so just because he was running late he took it out on me for the premises being opened late !!! how could i be held responsible when it is not my duty to open up?
  3. I exhausted all possiblities of trying toresolve the issue though and also due to never being made aware of company greivance policies i have in the end had to take it upon myself to try to resolve in the way that i have ( first verbal meeting with no joy then a formal letter of greivance again with no joy), the other member of staff has been in the compnay for 26 yrs and has the role of supervisor but as i said this role for him is actually beyond his capablities so whilst he got more money i didnt and yet did his job and mine, 4 yrs ago i brought up the problems and told the gaffer i may have to resign then if problems cant get resolved and at that time he virtually pleaded for me to stay and promised if i satyed then he would ensure problems would be resolved within 3 months but from then till now nothing has changed, unfortunately its not a simple case of me just refusing to do tasks ( that would be the easy way out of the problem) due to the nature of the business and the fact that the manager would just go out at any given time i ended up with no choice but to do the managers job for him as i was the only one capable, but as i have said he has taken advantage of this and simple end up presuming thats what i should do, there is no written agreement or contract in place, some of my greviences also relate to health and safety at the premise as these rules are broken on a regular basis and i wasnt happy with that, infact aorund 7 weeks ago one employee ended up injured and off work because he was being expected to do a job that the workshop is not even equipped to deal with and at the time the manager told me to do that job but i refused stating we was not properly equipped and he is expecting us to carry out jobs in a dangerous manner just so he can get an invoice paid ( like is said i was right and before you knew it someone was injured on that job and ended up off work) i went to see the manager on saturday aswell, bearing everything in mind and what i had put in my letter to him ( my job title is vehicle technition) i actually asked him what my job title was and strangely and wierdly aswell as making no sense whatsoever his rely was " your job title is "statutory" , i would love to know what the hell he was supposed to mean by that and obviously i told him he should lookup the meaning of the word " satutory"
  4. i believe the discrimination comes into play becuase of equal pay??? i a lesss money than those above me and yet i do there job aswell as my own and they DONT do there job, P45 is expected tomorrow, i also put in writing my greivences and was met with no answer or even trying to resolve and i believe managemant has a duty to least attempt resolution so without even attempting then is this not as good as saying, "live with what you do on the pay you get or bye bye" ? i couldnt possibly do anymore to resolve issues but manager just completly ignores all the time, also when he made comment another employee about me losing my job he was actually refering to me being late opening the premises that morning and yet i have no obligation whatsoever to open the premises, also i feel it is very wrong he should make such a comment to a fellow employee and yet say absolutely nothing to me ! is this acceptable behaviour for a manager?, it also goes to support my theory that he wanted my job ended anyway, over the years i have witnessed many time staff come and go and i have seen first hand how the mangers attitude is towrds them when he wants them out and recently that very same attidute has been directed towards me
  5. Ok Guys, i have been working for same employer for 12 yrs, over they last 5 or 6 years i have been left to deal with tasks that are not in my job description ! to be blunt i am techincally on the bottom rung of the ladder but have been expected to stand at the top without my permission or any form of contract to do so it had reached a point where customers themselves thought i was the owner of the company as all dealings and company decisions would be left to me aswell as being expected to open and close premises again without ever asking if im happy to do this or and form of written contract technically i have been lumbered with big responsibilites and plenty of stress from the job even though my job title still left me at the very bottom of the ladder and still on the wages of being on the bottom, i have never been rewarded for all the extras duties i was stuck with even though i have repeatedly raised the grievence with the managing director his attitude is to ingore anything you say simple because he wants to offload his duties onto me and half the time hew ould just go out and leave me stuck with it all, making things worse is that another employee does have job title of supervisor and is paid more than me for this role but he is not actually capable of the role so i end up stuck with his duties aswell !!!, recently i had to take time off due to a back problem and whilst off and with precious time to myself for once it started me thinking about all these problems again so i went to see the manaher to raise my greviences yet again with the hope that things can be sorted for when i get back to work but to be honest i was met with him pretty much ignoring again and no interest in talking about it, i then said that i may have to consider leaving under constructive dismisal as i had been left feeling that he wanted my job ended anyway but not issue redundancy ( he had def changed his attitude towards me in recent months and even at one point commented to another employee that i wont have my job much longer) it appears that just because i was asking him for a correct job title and sensible money to reflect that then he thinks it ok for me to be gone after 12yrs faithful service. After the meeting with him i wrote a letter explaining my problems and gave it to him, he has not responded to it so technically i believe at this point in time i no longer have a job and tomorrow i am supposed to pick up my P45 from him although technically i have never given him written notice to quit and he has not technically said i have been dismissed either, although it was me that asked if i was getting p45 from him and he said yes so does this meen he is dismissing me?? and altso with all the problems involved would this come under discrimination? as i was on less money and yet did one of the most demanding jobs there and even then was against my will but was simply left with no choice but to get on with it, also can someon clarrify, i worked 5 and half day week ) 441/2hrs) can someone say if overtime should be paid for anything over 37hrs ( there is no written contract of employment so obviously this would put me under statutory employment laws) although at one time my gaffer did try to get me to sign a contract but i refuse as the contents pretty much signed my life over to him according to what was in it lastly can someone confirm based on my working hours my holdiday entitlemnt would be 51/2day x 5.6 ?? is this correct? the manager alsways claimed we get 28 days a year and that includes banks holidays and that is what all employees have been taking but i need to know if the manager is doing people out of time they are allowed
  6. in responce to Car Expert above, even though i have my own gripes with the AA i am actually going to defend them ( a little bit) on the above post, i work as a Mechanic , MOT Tester and roadside assistance mechanic and our company for many years ( untill recently) were contractors to the AA i few years ago the EU decided that us guys in the breakdown/recovery industry should comply with the wrorking time directive aswell as Tachograph laws in similar fashion to HGV drivers, now this all seams well and good for the driver as it ensures he gets proper rest breaks etc, howeve in this industry ( meeting the needs of the public 24/7 this created major concerns for a sensible way to deal with a 24/7/365 work patern because the only feaseable way to do that would be to treble staff numbers overnight so 3 shifts could cover 24hrs, not surprisingly due to costs this never happened so it meant that there would be certain times where cover maybe either very difficult or not available in some circumstances and of course this has a knock on effect for those motorist that need assistance much wrok would then be sent to contractors from the AA but even the contracor had the same problem in how to deal with it one point in the law dis state that a recovery agent can operate within 60 mile radius of there own base without the need to use a tachograph and thereby meaning that driver can operate for a longer period of time when on shift so now it has become commonplace for the recovery industry to adopt this practise to try and fully utilise the satff they have but the downfall of this mean your vehicle being transfered along the route to other contractors so the drivers dont go out of ther 60 mile boundary, If there is a few hundred miles to cover then this means multiply transfers takeing place just like what happened too you, i must also say your car will have never been left anywhere unsafe as when this happens the vehicle will allways be put into safe storage if it has to be. sometimes if you are really really lucky you do get taken all the way without tranfers but thats usually because your lucky enough to have broken down where there is someone willing to drive under tachograph but not many do that now this is an industry wide problem so its not just the AA at fault here, this happens now with all breakdown clubs and is the direct result of the EU working time directive and there imposing Tachograph Laws upon the Recovery industry so try not to be too hard on the AA on this occasion as its not entirely there fault this time
  7. if turbo failure is proved you really shouldnt pay anything and i would be very surprised if your problems are not from turbo, they can tell if turbo is knackerd in an hour or so , i cant see why they dont, im a mechanic and thats all it would take me,
  8. you can always go down that route of going after the trader but if finance company come for the car dont let them have it on the grounds that you have a financial interest in the goods ( trust me), do it right and the title will go to you
  9. go on the autotrader website and lookup the cars you like and maybe print some off with there details and pricing and that way a garage will possible at least try and price match for you if they want a sale , cant give advise on which garage though as there are so many but steer clear of places like carcraft or similar as although you would think it, there business really lies in credit agreemants rather than actual car sales ( thats where they make there money and the consumer pays high for it), family run firms are usually quite good as there more likely to listen if problems arise but any credit agreements should be scrutinised before siging so you understand exactly how much you pay back ( dont let the window price or monthly payment fool you ) its also good to sign credit agreements by post and not at the garage itself because signing the deal at the garage makes you lose some of your rights, if you find a car you like also find out how long they have had the car for sale ( if its been there sometime its because nobody wants it generally and you have to ask yourself why dont they want it), also ask for all paperwork relating to the car so you can see what work has been done to it and at what mileages, while you have the paperwork maybe even take a sneak at the name and address of the last owner on the log book and then after all this DONT commit to anything no matter how good the salesman seems or tell u someone else is coming to look, go home and think for a few hours first as its easy to get caught in the moment of a nice looking car with a salesman telling every reason why you should have that car! , and while your at haome you can take 5 mins to find the number of previous owner and then try calling them to ask there opion of the car, and after all this you can even ask AA or RAC to have an inpection carried out on your behalf ( they do charge though) even if you dont want to have an inspection done you can tell the salesman that you do just so you can see his reaction ( if its a bad car he might try and say its not needed or they will inspect it for you for free etc) if the car is a good one he would simply say he has no problem with any inspection being carried out on your behalf, one little trick i alsways say to people is ask if you can have tthe car for a short time ( half hour or so, just like a road test) and then take it round the corner to the next nearest workshop and ask them if they can put car on ramp and give it quick look over for you , most cases it would be free or maybe a small drink for the guys, that way you would have in independant view on the car
  10. in most cases i should ahve thought you would experaince some drop in oil level over a 3 month period so i agree on that one but i think that was what the engineer was refering to when he wanted reason to inspect the oil ring though ( thats what alfa asked at least anyway), the above post is quite correct though so let them carry on with anything they want to do and then dispute at time of collection under soga if they havent already footed the bill
  11. thats good advise up above, if you do have details in a written email an estimate is axactly that its an estimated guess of cost and thats why a written quote is much better because thats the actuall cost of repair so where possible always try to obtain a quote although not many like to quote incase of changes although they can always contact you in that scenario to be fair to you if you have written email stating that " worst case scenio would be £1000 on top of price" then i see little reason why you should pay anymore but you have to consider what they actually wrote and wihin reason any amount could be disputed anyway, i would say for now stick to your guns at least for a while, theres no harm in trying if your successful
  12. difficult really because the worse case scenario you speak of is only a verbal thing, on the other hand if you had asked for a written quote ( not estimate) then maybe that would have been different , in fairness to the garage i am sure they would have refused to give an accurate quote due to the nature of what you wanted ( build a kit car), not something anyone can quote with any degree of accuracy normally, im sure as you say they kept you updated with detals etc as this was a long time on the build but surely in that 6 months you could of asked at anytime how thing are with the billing???, to me it sounds as though they were given the go ahead at the start just get the job done and its not really uncommon to run into problems that might coost more with such builds, perhaps it might have been better to keep track of your expenditure during the job so you could raise issues straight away at that point?
  13. dont bother chipping it, yes you will gain more power but why do you need it?, that car will do more than you want it to and alot more, i really cant agree with all this chipping of cars ( im a mechanic) and the way i see things is that cars are designed with performance and economy in mind aswell as the tolerances of all componants of the car ( a case in point here is one customer was going through driveshafts like they was out of fashion due to having his bhp pushed up to silly levels) the driveshafts couldnt take the extra torque produces through the drivetrain, that was an audi A4 , keep the car as it is and be happy with it and then after keeping that £700 you got back you can by me a pint for saving your driveshafts, lol
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