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Work ultimatum - Can i do this?

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6y, 7m agoPosted 6 years, 7 months ago
Basically i was taken on as a designer for this newspaper been there 5 years, its only written in my contract that im to work on the paper. BUT ive also been workin on a new magazine which we launched 5 months ago but my workload has snowballed for this, and im not paid nearly enough extra ontop of my salary for the paper for all the extra work im having to get done. Can i refuse to work on this magazine as ive had enough, and demand i get paid to design all the ads, all the layout and send to press. i feel like im being taken for a mug. as the mag didnt exist when i was hired and its just something extra we have started doing along the way, can i tell my boss that he can either get someone else to work on it or give me more money.
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6y, 7m agoPosted 6 years, 7 months ago
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#1
Can try negotiating. Would of thought you would of had to re-sign your contract before taking on the work as it is a major change.

Nowhere near experienced enough to give a definte answer but I'm sure somebody like magicjay1986 could help you with legal stuff etc
#2
so you think ive got a case, basically if i tell him to he can shove it and im not doing no more , he is right in the ****, he cant fire me coz i dont wanna do extra work thats not in my contract can he
#3
the best thing in this situation is to calm down. what do you want? do you want to be paid more because you are working more and contributing more or do you want your workload to go down.

if it is the former, make a list of all the responsibilities you have taken on and all the work you are doing more compared to when you started. ask your boss for a meeting and present your case . dont say you are overworked. emphasise that you have taken on a lot of responsibilities and you are enjoying the challenge of working hard and producing good output. therefore you feel you should get a raise. be enthusiastic and positive and dont feel embarrassed about asking for a raise.

if you feel you are being overworked, find a new job. because your boss is not going to care about overworking you. as long as you continue working he will keep finding tasks for you.
#4
well i have to design the 54 page mag in 2 days!! including sending to press! my boss is a terrible planner and he only leaves it to the last min coz he knows im a quick worker! id rather it was left later to reduce constant page changes.

i feel as though i should be paid more. im only paid £200 extra to work on the mag ontop of my salary which is b ugger all
#5
peterjmay
well i have to design the 54 page mag in 2 days!! including sending to press! my boss is a terrible planner and he only leaves it to the last min coz he knows im a quick worker! id rather it was left later to reduce constant page changes.

i feel as though i should be paid more. im only paid £200 extra to work on the mag ontop of my salary which is b ugger all


A lot of people these days are just taking what they get, just think. Would someone else do your work for less? I would take the less harsh attitude to it and say to the boss you think you are worth more and the work you are doing, you think is worthy of a rise.

I work in retail and there is always someone who can and will undercut you so tread carefully!
#6
basically at the time you were approached to do the extra work you should have raised the issue i.e. the changing of your contract to reflect the additional responsibilities you were taking on and any extra pay etc.

It must be noted that your employment contract probably contains a vague clause along the lines of "the employer reserves the right to alter terms of the contract blah blah", which means they are entitled to change, within reason, your responsibilites and hours etc.

Further, the fact that you have undertaken the work for around 5 months is indicative that you have implicitly accepted the changes to your employment.

Your best bet is to approach your employer in a calm manner etc, and explain to him your concerns, that you are overworked and cannot continue with the extra work. Your employer owes you a duty of care and if they fail to address this issue and it leads to you leaving the company in the future you may well have a case in those circumstances.
#7
then present your case and quantify how much more you are working, and also the type of responsibilities you have taken on. say that you feel that you deserve a raise.but meantime also look for other jobs so if he does say no he cannot afford to give you a raise, then you can counter by saying you have a better offer and whether he will review his decision.

do you know how much more do you want. obviously you might be working double but will he double your salary. unlikely. so try to figure what is a realistic raise to ask for. and ask it. if you dont ask you are not going to get it. your boss is unlikely to offer it on his own. is there a yearly appraisal or salary review where you can present your concerns.
#8
peterjmay
so you think ive got a case, basically if i tell him to he can shove it and im not doing no more , he is right in the ****, he cant fire me coz i dont wanna do extra work thats not in my contract can he


If you talk to your boss like that you will probably end up with a P45 rather than a raise.
#9
the thing that riles me is that they take £1000s for the adverts I make up and i only see £200 . and i hear stories of the people who are sposed to be sellin ads going to sleep on their desks, leavin work early! and theres muggins here doin practically everything in production
#10
peterjmay
the thing that riles me is that they take £1000s for the adverts I make up and i only see £200 . and i hear stories of the people who are sposed to be sellin ads going to sleep on their desks, leavin work early! and theres muggins here doin practically everything in production


You need to be calm and to the point, going in guns a blazing will get you no where:thumbsup:
#11
tinkerbell28
You need to be calm and to the point, going in guns a blazing will get you no where:thumbsup:


good, looks as though its in my favour, ill have it out with this mofo

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