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    • looks like some small banana republic dictators antics from 50 years ago asset stripping their country doesn't it.
    • One more part from the same link:   And now PPE contracts, so prepare to begin eternal screaming: 33. £252m to Ayanda Capital, registered in Mauritius for tax purposes. PPE not delivered 34. £186m to Uniserve. PPE not delivered 35. £116m to P14 Medical Supplies, with assets of just £145. PPE not delivered 36. £108m to PestFix, with just 16 employees. PPE not delivered 37. £107m to Clandeboye Agencies, a sweet wholesaler. Yes, a sweet wholesaler. PPE not delivered. 38. £40m to Medicine Box Ltd, with assets of just £6000. PPE not delivered. 39. £48m to Initia Ventures Ltd, which registered itself as “dormant” in March. PPE not delivered. 40. £28m to Monarch Acoustics, which makes shop furniture. PPE not delivered 41. £25m to Luxe Lifestyle, which has no employees, no assets, and no turnover. PPE not delivered 42. £18m to Aventis Solutions, which has total assets of £332. Not a typo, £332. PPE not delivered £10m to Medco Solutions, incorporated just 3 days after lockdown, with share capital of (not a typo) £2. PPE not delivered 44. In all, approx £1bn to inexplicable suppliers for PPE that hasn’t been delivered
    • Please post up the letter which you sent.   Have you read through some of the Hermes threads on this forum.  Do You understand the basis of your arguments and do you understand that steps involved in taking the action?   It is good that you are moving quickly and good that you are recording calls but Trading Standards don't always give the best advice.   Lets's see the letter
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    • I came across this discussion recently and just wanted to give my experience of A Shade Greener that may help others regarding their boiler finance agreement.
       
      We had a 10yr  finance contract for a boiler fitted July 2015.
       
      After a summer of discontent with ASG I discovered that if you have paid HALF the agreement or more you can legally return the boiler to them at no cost to yourself. I've just returned mine the feeling is liberating.
       
      It all started mid summer during lockdown when they refused to service our boiler because we didn't have a loft ladder or flooring installed despite the fact AS installed the boiler. and had previosuly serviced it without issue for 4yrs. After consulting with an independent installer I was informed that if this was the case then ASG had breached building regulations,  this was duly reported to Gas Safe to investigate and even then ASG refused to accept blame and repeatedly said it was my problem. Anyway Gas Safe found them in breach of building regs and a compromise was reached.
       
      A month later and ASG attended to service our boiler but in the process left the boiler unusuable as it kept losing pressure not to mention they had damaged the filling loop in the process which they said was my responsibilty not theres and would charge me to repair, so generous of them! Soon after reporting the fault I got a letter stating it was time we arranged a powerflush on our heating system which they make you do after 5 years even though there's nothing in the contract that states this. Coincidence?
       
      After a few heated exchanges with ASG (pardon the pun) I decided to pull the plug and cancel our agreement.
       
      The boiler was removed and replaced by a reputable installer,  and the old boiler was returned to ASG thus ending our contract with them. What's mad is I saved in excess of £1000 in the long run and got a new boiler with a brand new 12yr warranty. 
       
      You only have to look at TrustPilot to get an idea of what this company is like.
       
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    • Dazza a few months ago I discovered a good friend of mine who had ten debts with cards and catalogues which he was slavishly paying off at detriment to his own family quality of life, and I mean hardship, not just absence of second holidays or flat screen TV's.
       
      I wrote to all his creditors asking for supporting documents and not one could provide any material that would allow them to enforce the debt.
       
      As a result he stopped paying and they have been unable to do anything, one even admitted it was unenforceable.
       
      If circumstances have got to the point where you are finding it unmanageable you must ask yourself why you feel the need to pay.  I guarantee you that these companies have built bad debt into their business model and no one over there is losing any sleep over your debt to them!  They will see you as a victim and cash cow and they will be reluctant to discuss final offers, only ways to keep you paying with threats of court action or seizing your assets if you have any.
       
      They are not your friends and you owe them no loyalty or moral duty, that must remain only for yourself and your family.
       
      If it was me I would send them all a CCA request.   I would bet that not one will provide the correct response and you can quite legally stop paying them until such time as they do provide a response.   Even when they do you should check back here as they mostly send dodgy photo copies or generic rubbish that has no connection with your supposed debt.
       
      The money you are paying them should, as far as you are able, be put to a savings account for yourself and as a means of paying of one of these fleecers should they ever manage to get to to the point of a successful court judgement.  After six years they will not be able to start court action and that money will then become yours.
       
      They will of course pursue you for the funds and pass your file around various departments of their business and out to third parties.
       
      Your response is that you should treat it as a hobby.  I have numerous files of correspondence each faithfully organised showing the various letters from different DCA;s , solicitors etc with a mix of threats, inducements and offers.   It is like my stamp collection and I show it to anyone who is interested!
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Hi,

Can anyone help me?

I am currently employed on a 20 hour part time contract within the catering industry but for the last 2 years i have been working 37.5 hours or more. My employer states any hours im given over 20 are overtime but im working more hours than full time members of the team on occasions. As soon as i take holidays etc im paid my contracted 20 hours even though i could of worked 40+ hours for several weeks previous. Basically as soon as trade goes quiet im punished and my hours significantly drop. (For example over the december (christmas) period i worked 6 days a week but in January i am now down to 3 days. Whereas fulltime members are constantly on their 5 days (37.5 hour contract).

 

Also the full time members of the team are on a higher rate of pay (thats why they get me to work more hours) , when I question why i cant be on the same rate they tell me that this is the new structure and if im not happy i can leave.

 

Does anyone have any advise regarding getting an improved contract, or are there any laws to help me.

 

A colleague mentioned if I work over 16 weeks on full time hours i am entitled to a full time contract, is this true or is it just speculation.

 

Any advise would be great

 

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that's correct. Best find a new job where they will treat you better!

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Sorry but are you saying that you do the same work (leave aside type of contract) for less pay than others in same job?

 

If that's correct then my understanding that this is illegal?

 

Can someone correct me there?

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Sorry but are you saying that you do the same work (leave aside type of contract) for less pay than others in same job?

 

If that's correct then my understanding that this is illegal?

 

Can someone correct me there?

 

It is only illegal if it is on grounds of gender, race etc.

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There has actually been a recent, well publicised Tribunal decision which has attracted a lot of legal commentary on this issue.

 

Currently as the law stands, you're only entitled to holiday based on contractual hours. If you're a zero hours worker, you can claim based on actual hours worked.

 

However, the recent ET decision (which is not binding and has not become law, however is deemed persuasive) stipulated that in actual fact, workers should be entitled to pay on actual hours worked; not what their contract says.

 

It's very likely that this will become law in the near future, however we are not quite there yet. Whilst they're currently acting lawfully, if the law does officially change then there be a nasty sting in the tail for employers when their employees claim their backdated holiday pay!

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However, the recent ET decision (which is not binding and has not become law, however is deemed persuasive) stipulated that in actual fact, workers should be entitled to pay on actual hours worked; not what their contract says.

 

It's very likely that this will become law in the near future, however we are not quite there yet. Whilst they're currently acting lawfully, if the law does officially change then there be a nasty sting in the tail for employers when their employees claim their backdated holiday pay!

 

 

If this does become law at some point in the near future, I expect there to be notification of an effective date and no liability for retrospective claims.

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Sorry but are you saying that you do the same work (leave aside type of contract) for less pay than others in same job?

 

If that's correct then my understanding that this is illegal?

 

Can someone correct me there?

 

I got promoted into the position im in now which is exactly the same work as the guys on £2 an hour extra. As i was still training i never queried a payrise until i got my qualification. Once I did they ranted about the recession and said the role was now fixed to the rate of pay i currently am on. In other words i have gained more responsibility and no extra pay.

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If this does become law at some point in the near future, I expect there to be notification of an effective date and no liability for retrospective claims.

Only if it's incorporated into statute, which will take years - unfortunately for employers, case law can be applied retrospectively - to a reasonable degree!

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