Hi, I keep getting told by union reps that royal mail are required to give 28 days notice to remove you from temporary full time to put you back onto your part time hours, but the managers are saying they don't have to give any. There was no consultation, just a letter left for when we returned from delivery without any consultation. Is this allowed?
If 28 days is actually required then is there a document that states this? The contracts apparently say they can take you off after consultation and reasonable notice but what constitutes as reasonable?
I've found this on the ACAS website but unsure if it relates to temporary contracts:
"How can contracts be varied?
● An existing contract of employment can be varied only with the agreement
of both parties. Changes may be agreed on an individual basis or through a
collective agreement (ie: agreement between employer and employee or
their representatives (trade unions or workforce representatives)).
● An employer who is proposing to change an employee’s contract of
employment should fully consult with that employee or his or her
representative(s) and explain and discuss the reasons for the change.
● Employees are far more likely to accept changes if they can understand the
reasons behind them and have an opportunity to express their views.
Involving employees makes good business sense, as it drives up levels of
employee engagement and motivation.
● Variations to the contract can be agreed verbally or in writing. It is preferable
for any agreed changes to be recorded in writing.
● Where a variation to the contract has been agreed and the changes
concern particulars which must be included in the written statement of
terms and conditions, the employer should give written notification of the
change to the employee, within a month of the change taking effect."