Ill

Had a lovely week off, now I’m back at work and ill. Got a horrible cold and cough. I reckon it’s being back at work. Just the stress of thinking about going into work is enough to make me sick at the moment.

I’ve spent over 10 years of my life there. It’s had it’s ups and downs but overall it’s not been too bad. I’ve worked for far worse places and had more prestige jobs for far less pay.

However, we have had a lot of changes recently, some good and some bad. Trouble is one of the bad ones has been a more ‘kick-in-the-teeth’ type of bad. The company has decided to standardise the pay structure – all above board and legal. So for 10 years I’ve earned my pay increases through my experience in various departments. Now I’m told that people who have been at the company for 12 months or less will be earning £1500 less than me.

Next year they’ll be training us on other products – many of which I have already done in other departments. Once trained up I’ll be earning £100 extra for the year, but someone who has been there 12 months will be on exactly the same pay as myself. I’m not happy about it. Union say it’s all legal, I can’t do anything about it.

It’s made me feel like crap. Not just me. There are several people who are affected, some of them have been there longer than myself. I keep telling myself that I wasn’t made redundant when that was all happening, I’m lucky to have a job, I have no problem paying my bills, etc, but it still makes me feel like crap. It’s been a real kick in the teeth. Very humiliating. My loyalty to the company has been wiped out in one go.

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