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Right, here's my rant. If you feel like reading feel free, if you have nothing constructive to contribute, hell, you're probably going to post it anyway. So I've been working for this "IT Support" … Read More
baconsandwich Avatar
7y, 9m agoPosted 7 years, 9 months ago
Right, here's my rant. If you feel like reading feel free, if you have nothing constructive to contribute, hell, you're probably going to post it anyway.

So I've been working for this "IT Support" company for over a year now. Around December last year all of our salaries (3 other employees) were reduced to that of minimum wage. This was purely due to the drop in business due to the recession and so that one of us did not lose our job!

So... over the past year business has been getting better.. and my boss now employs 6 other employees. Has my salary been put back to normal? NO!... Why? Because of the 'profitability per team member' apparently.

Since I am "team leader" he shoves a CV under my nose today. Someone to "answer the phones and stuff". Outrage ran through my body.

Now, I'm going to blow my own trumpet in a major way here, but I am the only f**king guy there who know's his shit. The other field technicians are nice enough guys but don't really have a friggen clue. The other day I was called out to a warranty job because one of them had been to see a guy who's laptop had been turning off.. his solution: put more RAM in. I went there and the HS+F was just caked, absolutely caked.
Now, our sever guy is leaving. My boss seems to think I can learn how to admin Server 2003, 2007 and SBS with just 2 weeks training before the server guy leaves. He's advertised his role, but no self respecting server technician is going to work for the shit he wants to pay them.

Oh and don't get me started on any employee benefits because there are NONE. Infact, we don't even have a freaking place to PARK!! I use the street and today I'm told that the neighbours have been complaining and to move my car... WTF!!!.... Not to mention if I have an accident in the work van and it's my fault theres £450 excess I have to pay. The office is so small there's not even a place for everyone to sit down!!

So... what... the... f.....? Why am I working like a bitch for monkey nuts? I thought people with skills get paid more than people who work in mac donalds (no offence to those who work in mac donalds, I love your fine establishment and frequent it regularly).

So... here's my email to him... my finger hovering over the send button right this minute.. Is this a good idea? My heart says yes, my head says no.

(Names removed)

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Dear J,

A few things I'd like to make you aware of, we'll probably end up having a meeting to discuss these but thought it would be a good idea to communicate these to you via email first.

1. The server role. I'm flattered you consider me able enough to fill C's shoes, however I think it would be unrealistic to assume I can support our sever based clients after just 2 weeks of training. Having been through the initial stages of the training I now recognise the iceberg that lay's beneath it! I simply don't have the fundamental skills, time, or passion to work this role. I suggest that you keep looking for someone already experienced in this field. I simply cannot be convinced otherwise, there is no incentive for me to have any desire to fill this position, especially with the added pressure, stress and learning involved.

2. Recruiting. I don't know what to say about this mate... how many more people are you going to recruit before you restore my original salary? When salaries were reduced we all took the agreement so that neither myself, C or M lost their jobs. Now the workforce has doubled and shows no sign of slowing down. The idea of employing someone just to "answer the phones and stuff" at the moment considering the sacrifice both me and C have made is no less than an insult!
I know we've touched on this before, and you said it's to do with the profitability of staff members. You don't seem to understand that we took the pay cut not to do with the profitability of the company, but to save one of our jobs! You cannot dip into employee's salaries due to the failings in your business model, that is simply not on. We gave up a lot. We expected it back. You seem to be giving it back to the business.
I do care about the survival of , but you certainly seem far more concerned with the expansion of the business than your employee's welfare.
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7y, 9m agoPosted 7 years, 9 months ago
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#1
send it!
#2
dont send it.... lol

you want better working conditions dont you?

that'll get you the sack xxx
#3
I think send point 1, that's a fair point well made.

Delete point 2
#4
Just a small thing...lay's beneath it...I would change to lies beneath it,, sounds like you are being taken for a fool, good luck whatever you decide
banned#5
send it, sounds very reasonable
#6
Be a man - send it
#7
go ahead and stick to them, i see this as a notice of intention to leave as its pretty heavy.
#8
I like it.

Send me your bosses email and I will send for you!
#9
dcx_badass
I'd send it, you seem spot on tbh.


+1 Id send, nothin in there IMO that could get him sacked and he raises the issues in a fair and direct manner
#10
Don't say 'mate' - it's guaranteed to get his back up.
#11
You should never have accepted the reduction in wages. A guy at my work fought them all the way and they took him to a tribunal and LOST, lol.
#12
mechdroid
Just a small thing...lay's beneath it...I would change to lies beneath it,, sounds like you are being taken for a fool, good luck whatever you decide


thanks for the correction.

vinylandtrinkets
I agree with ClarityofMind dont send it you will lose your job, did you sign a contract saying why you took the pay drop?


yes we did sign an agreement. i dont think i was even given a copy.

cis_groupie
Don't say 'mate' - it's guaranteed to get his back up.


point taken.
#13
I think you need to look for a new job hun as you're obviously not happy there xx
#14
I would take some time - go for a walk round the block, go for a pint ANYTHING, but take a little time to calm down, clear your head then send if u still feel the same way

Remember the size of the dole queue .............u dont want to be in it.

good luck and keep us all updated
#15
As above, send it (with the suggested corrections), but be prepared to look for another job - and make it clear to your boss that you are actively looking for another job, it will add weight to your request for more pay.
#16
ok - in my opinion you need to calm down and then read it again and don't have a dig at anyone or involve anyone else (if they have a problem with it they need to stick up for themselves)- you need to state facts about 'your' position. I think you have a point and to be honest if you send it remember it is supposed to be a serious letter and therefore needs to be written in that way ie there are no 'mates' and therefore either remove the word completely and leave it at that or add 'Mr XXX' ... apart from that i think it is quite a good letter but nothing should ever be said/sent in temper
#17
thanks for al your input guys, think i'll sleep on it.
suspended#18
Once you send this and i gather you will just be prepared for the sack.

Not saying itll come but thats what it looks like.

I agree with post 1 and post 2, its blunt but it sounds like he needs a kick up the ****.

Send it
#19
I would work on the letter, saying things like you don't have the passion for doing something does not sound good.
#20
Like Nikki says, it's time to start looking for a new job.

Send point 1.
Do the training as it's all useful knowledge.
Talk to C & M to see if they want to have a meeting with all 4 of you re restituttion of salary.
Join a union.
Get your CV up to date.
Get a new job.

:thumbsup: Good luck.
#21
chesso
Like Nikki says, it's time to start looking for a new job.

Send point 1.
Do the training as it's all useful knowledge.
Talk to C & M to see if they want to have a meeting with all 4 of you re restituttion of salary.
Join a union.
Get your CV up to date.
Get a new job.

:thumbsup: Good luck.


CV is up to date and already applying (with little luck so far).
Training will probably be terminated upon receipt of point 1.
C is the server guy and is leaving in 1 week from now - little point in causing un necessary friction for himself now. M left months ago.

Trying soooo hard to find a new job. More interested in starting my own business. Doing what, I don't know yet...
#22
do pc repairs from home to tide yourself over ? :)
banned#23
A wild stab in the dark, your name doesnt begin with D does it, I know the chances are small but this sounds familiar
banned#24
nikkib123
Now that would be mad!!!


its a small world lol

I doubt its who I think it is but you never know
#25
Can I have your job when your boss sacks you?
#26
alexthekid
A wild stab in the dark, your name doesnt begin with D does it, I know the chances are small but this sounds familiar


nope.

generaloneill
Can I have your job when your boss sacks you?


this sort of desperation is definitely not reassuring :-(
#27
you dont want to do anything that might effect any tribunal case (if it comes to that). what about running it by a solicitor, some do a free or cheap 1st consultation.
#28
The only way you can get a pay rise is to find another job. When they phone your boss asking for a reference he'll defo consider giving you a pay rise! I don't think it would be wise to do anything that is likely to risk losing your job unless you haven't something else lined up.
#29
Before you send it.................ask for some time off because you have to go for an job interview ;-)



Edit....I think flyingflea has the same idea:)

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