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Re: Unhappy Thread
« Reply #1785 on: March 22, 2020, 06:41:26 PM »
@Newportnobby



She looks nice and wholesome Mick.
She might even do some shopping and cleaning for you :)

Keep your spirits up.
Best
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« Reply #1786 on: March 23, 2020, 10:20:06 AM »
I am a contractor and move from project to project, doing typically 18 months at a time. My current client agreed last week to start home working this week (my wife is "vulnerable" and so I don't want to bring the Coronavirus home). This morning we were supposed to go through the fine details of how we were going to manage it at the office, only I arrived and it was all locked up. Drove home, powered up the work laptop, and found that higher management have decided to suspend all work for everyone this week, while they make plans (and some projects may be put on hold completely). Of course all their staff will continue to be paid full wages, while we contractors will be paid nothing  :veryangry:

It's not as if we are dispensible even; of 4 C&I Engineers, 3 of us are contract and the 4th is off sick, long term, having cancer treatment. If we found something else and walked, any replacement would take 4 to 6 months to work up to an understanding of the systems and the work we have already done!

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Re: Unhappy Thread
« Reply #1787 on: March 23, 2020, 10:32:56 AM »
If they treat you like that I think you should look elsewhere and sod 'em
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Re: Unhappy Thread
« Reply #1788 on: March 23, 2020, 10:34:24 AM »
I fully understand your anxiety.

I'm self employed, I do property maintenance, and there's absolutely nothing available to help me. Stressful doesn't even come close.

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« Reply #1789 on: March 23, 2020, 10:46:45 AM »
If they treat you like that I think you should look elsewhere and sod 'em

It's not that easy unfortunately. Almost all my work, despite being from a variety of companies, is tied in to Sellafield, who totally dominate. I am currently contacted to work for Jacobs, but, they are part of a joint venture and I am based in a Sellafield office. Equivalent contracts will almost always have the same end client and they are the ones that have suspended things.

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« Reply #1790 on: March 23, 2020, 10:48:37 AM »
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I'm self employed, I do property maintenance, and there's absolutely nothing available to help me. Stressful doesn't even come close.
close your company down,at least on paper,and get down the job center and sign on,that way at least youll get a few quid,coucil tax payed,help withaccomadation costs and most important keep your ni payments upto date.once the work picks up sign off
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« Reply #1791 on: March 23, 2020, 10:50:24 AM »
I fully understand your anxiety.

I'm self employed, I do property maintenance, and there's absolutely nothing available to help me. Stressful doesn't even come close.

Hopefully there will be a help scheme later this week. What is annoying for me is that I can do my work from home, just as well as from the office, but some managers have an attitude of demanding that people are visibly present over all else.

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« Reply #1792 on: March 23, 2020, 10:53:33 AM »
I'm self-employed too. I work in the waste management and renewable energy sector. Waste is supposed to be an important sector, right?

I had three contracts cancelled last Friday. About four months work. And I just paid my Professional Indemnity insurance which was £5k (because there have been a lot of claims recently).

Comedy is all in the....timing.

Bob


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« Reply #1793 on: March 23, 2020, 11:14:55 AM »
Check what notice period is defined in your contract - my contract (which is due to end April 6th) allows either party to give one week in notice.
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« Reply #1794 on: March 23, 2020, 11:23:38 AM »
Check what notice period is defined in your contract - my contract (which is due to end April 6th) allows either party to give one week in notice.

The trouble is that there is nothing in the contract to say how many hours you get in that last week - which has never been a problem before, because most people were allowed to work it as normal. If workplaces are closed down, many will just get zero hours that week.

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Re: Unhappy Thread
« Reply #1795 on: March 23, 2020, 11:56:50 AM »
I am a contractor and move from project to project, doing typically 18 months at a time. My current client agreed last week to start home working this week (my wife is "vulnerable" and so I don't want to bring the Coronavirus home). This morning we were supposed to go through the fine details of how we were going to manage it at the office, only I arrived and it was all locked up. Drove home, powered up the work laptop, and found that higher management have decided to suspend all work for everyone this week, while they make plans (and some projects may be put on hold completely). Of course all their staff will continue to be paid full wages, while we contractors will be paid nothing  :veryangry:

It's not as if we are dispensible even; of 4 C&I Engineers, 3 of us are contract and the 4th is off sick, long term, having cancer treatment. If we found something else and walked, any replacement would take 4 to 6 months to work up to an understanding of the systems and the work we have already done!

This!!, just this is the reason why the new tax regulations that have forced me to go PAYE are so unfair, 30% less money and still all the risk, so evident right now in this current climate.

I've just started working an 18 month contract, again home based and my wife is classed as at risk also.
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Re: Unhappy Thread
« Reply #1796 on: March 29, 2020, 02:20:12 PM »
About a week before the lockdown muck hit the rotary air movement device, a long-planned and scheculed start was made on replacing our kitchen and converting part of our integral garage into a utility room and downstairs loo.

The work has progressed, to the stage where the floor is ready to receive its layer of tiles - only we can't get any as nobody will deliver them, they're only on shop sale or 'click and collect', neither of which are an option currently, so we are completely stymied.

We're not starving - we have microwave, soup maker and slow cooker available so as long as we can still wander down to the shops occasionally and get food to cook we're OK.

However, this morning, a slow leak in the mixer bar in the shower has got appreciably worse, so I went hunting for a replacement, and found one, and they can deliver - on 9 April!!

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« Reply #1797 on: March 30, 2020, 08:38:51 AM »
I had a sad message this morning ,My best mate passed away last night ,I dont think it was Covid 19 as he had been very ill for the passed year after having pnuemonia and being in an induced coma for about two months ,
He had been home for a while then back in hospital ,on and off since before Christmas .
I won’t be doing any messages or jokes today .
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Re: Unhappy Thread
« Reply #1798 on: March 30, 2020, 09:06:12 AM »
Sorry to hear that Bob and my condolences to his family and yourself. Always sad when a friend leaves us.
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« Reply #1799 on: March 30, 2020, 09:08:30 AM »
Our thoughts go out to you and his family. I would rest and run a couple of trains in his memory

 

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