I've been in the same FE-HE institution since 1999. It used to be like schools in that at Christmas you went on Leave, same for Easter and Summer. Then some years ago you were given a quota just like most people in any other job, except unlike anyother job you can of course only take your bookable quota of leave (number of days depending on your contracted hours) only during the 2-week Easter, Christmas periods of between 3rd week of July and end of July with a new 'year' starting at the start of August. I haven’t had time off since Christmas (we’re ‘allowed’ to take leave during half-term / reading weeks….but they don’t like it, there are so many meetings and inset stuff booked, you don’t get time off. So I want to book leave over Easter, I’m only 2 days per week now, so that’s just 4 days. There always used to be an ‘admin week’ before a leave period like Easter, but that drifted into non-existence and only a few of us old timers have noticed. Now they’re calling the first of the bookable weeks of Easter “admin week”. Our team leader wants us to come in over both the weeks for 3 days in all. I want 2 weeks leave, I’ve earned it, plus I’m owed two days of TOIL. If I don’t take my days off then what I have remaining won’t even ‘fit’ into the time remaining in July, I will in effect lose a few of my days of leave which are mine by right as part of my contract. The team leader is being quite blunt, saying we can take our time in summer…but it doesn’t work, as I’ve explained and we aren’t allowed to carry over days. I’m going to talk to my union rep but what do you all think? She has not yet agreed my leave and one of my colleagues has already been spoken to by her in a way which indicates that she wont agree the leave if he books two weeks off. We work hard, long days, we don’t get any other time off. I'm not a pathway leader, head of anything etc, I'm just a tutor. Is she allowed to stop me taking my owed contractual leave during the bookable leave period of Easter?