Are letters with a change in job description legal? Please see within....?
i currently work for a hotel as a linen porter. I am contracted to 20 hours a week. There are two other staff in this department who are 0-hour contracts. Our boss is pretty much doing all she can to lower the 0 hours staff leaving me to do the bulk of the work. She claimed lack of hours, but head office said otherwise - they know nothing of the so called lack of hours.
My boss is now not having any porter working Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, she is trying to get the housekeeping ladies to do the job - she has given letters to all the ladies asking them to sign it to confirm they will do the job. Is that legal? Can the ladies refuse to sign? Will they lose their job if they don't sign? Where do they stand legally?
Update: The 'letters' are not so much letters, more along the lines of new contracts yet it doesn't say the word 'contract' on them - "Work instruction sheet" with the addition of porter duties for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. They have NOT come from HO. They were told they have an hour to sign them in. Some signed, most didn't.
My contract is for 20 hours per week, so far I'm not affected by what's going on in a direct way - other than work load is a little heavier as I'm doing the work of 2-3 men when I'm on my own. This is pretty much about the other two men in my department and the chambermaids.
I have now been informed that most of the chambermaids DID sign this 'letter' as the head of their department was telling them if they didn't sign it they will get fired.
Also, one of the chambermaids who was off today found out about what is going on, she hasnt signed but did contact HO about it - again HO know nothing about it, didnt give any go-ahead for it to be done, so are investigating it.