Oh dear Eggy I am sorry. I am surprised at the response you got though. If one job is advertised more than any around here it's 'care work'. I think those who do it for low pay deserve such praise. Did you do anything to annoy your line managers - to make them give others more hours than you? I am really surprised they could be so off-hand. Was the 'looking round for something else' an empty threat, or will you hang on to what you've got?