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Hi Im asking this question on behalf of a friend as she doesnt have a computer, so apologies in advance if you need more information.

 

My friend is a receptionist in a doctors surgery, she works 30 hours a week and has signed a contract and been employed for over three years, the thirty hours are split over afternoon clinics and a couple of morning ones in two different surgeries.

 

because the practise need someone to work a daily shift of 8am - 9 am five days a week they offered it to her. she couldnt do this because she couldnt afford to travel for just an hours work so they told her that they would cut her hours and add them to the 5 mentioned above to make a part time vacancy viable.

she was then asked which hours she would be prepared to lose.

 

Can they do this?

It would mean she no longer would have the 30 hours needed for working tax credits and other problems Im sure. She has a problem as it is as her manager is ineffective as they both share the same religion and as the other staff members accuse the manager of favouritism shes often very harsh on my friend

 

any thoughts?

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A grievance is the only way to go at this stage. Basically your friend has a contract that entitles her to receive a certain number of hours work, and to be paid for that. Any variation without the employee's agreement would be a breach of contract, so she needs to submit a written grievance expressing serious concern that it appears that her contract is about to be changed without agreement, and her wages reduced accordingly.

 

The employer may only change the fundamental terms of a contract after proper notice and consultation.

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