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Discussion in 'Pay and conditions' started by pooped, Mar 19, 2011.

  1. pooped

    pooped New commenter

    Hi everyone,
    I started my present job in September last year. I was contacted by the headteacher and asked to come in for an interview before the post was advertised. I was offered the job, tho the head was not present at the interview and when I asked, I was told by the chair of governors it was a permanent post. This week the head asked me if I would like to stay on at the school next year and I told her I believed my post to permanent as that was what I had been told but despite my asking I still had not had a contract. She told me not to worry the paper work was in school, she'd check!!!!!
    I checked with the office and was told as far as they she knew it was a temporary post but they couldn't find any paperwork. Great.
    I was just wondering where I stand. Is it just tough luck for me that I was told the wrong thing. I am really worried as we got a mortgage based on the fact my position was permanent. I know this may seem naive as I had no contract but I know the chair of governors and would never have expected her to make such an error.
    That'll teach me, thought it was too good to be true. Not sure what my next step should be so any advice would be hugely appreciated.
  2. Morninglover

    Morninglover Lead commenter

    Contact your Union ASAP. My understanding is that a contract is a contract, whether verbal or written...
  3. pooped

    pooped New commenter

    Thanks everyone. Have had a pretty miserable weekend and have become resigned to fact that there's not a lot I can do about this one. I will contact my union and HR deparment tomorrow. Pretty devestating way to learn my lesson.
    If it's not in writing, don't believe it!!
  4. tafkam

    tafkam Occasional commenter

    Was there not even a letter offering you the job which you had to return signed to accept?
    That's very unusual.

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