I need to be careful what I write in case I am identified but I hope someone can offer me sound advice as I'm rock bottom and my union has been next to useless in providing adequate help. I am self employed and work for an independent. I had a bout of illness and informed them I wouldn't be in. They phoned me asking me to email.over all the work for the class which I found heartless as I was too ill to do this. Note I do not get paid sick leave and only for hours done in class with all planning and marking done in my own time. Now I find myself without any offer of work from them and I strongly believe it was because of the sickness absence even though I had provided good results and retention for this place. Even with being self employed I am obliged to get sick notes etc and I just wonder if anyone can tell me what I can do in this situation as I have been treated unfairly or am I just being daft...?