A fair go???

papadoc 11 December 2008 88

So once again I find myself out of work…sort of.

I was working for an un-named small business for a couple of months, everything going well and then out of the blue last Friday I recieve a letter in my mailbox stating that my employment has been terminated with no reason given. Obviously I call them up and get told to come in on Monday and talk about re-employment. I go in, get offered my old job back and told to start Thursday. Now, I go in this morning, get given my contract which has now been changed so I’m getting about $10 000 less per year and with a start date of mid January.

Does this seem fair to anyone? I’m just curious about how legal it is etc.

Oh, and does anyone need an IT guy here in Canberra 🙂

[ED – I’d quite like to know which company is behaving like this so I can take my business elsewhere.]


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colourful sydney racing identity colourful sydney racing identity 12:16 pm 17 Dec 08

tom-tom said :

try the ASU, they are the relevant union and helping out with this sort of thing is what they are pros at.

http://www.asu.asn.au

If you weren’t a member before this hapenned I doubt you would get any assistance. Bit like ringing an insurance agency wanting to take out a policy once your house has burned down…

peterh peterh 11:26 am 17 Dec 08

papadoc, can you please email me? I have a client who is looking for sales support or technical staff.

peterh peterh 11:59 am 15 Dec 08

tylersmayhem said :

Who’s Verizon Business and the ASG Group?

large resellers in town.

some of the ones who seem to be growing, not shrinking.

OPC IT tell me today they are looking for people for their web development team, need to have web design skills.

Instant Mash Instant Mash 11:58 am 14 Dec 08

I smell a lawsuit…

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tom-tom tom-tom 4:59 pm 12 Dec 08

try the ASU, they are the relevant union and helping out with this sort of thing is what they are pros at.

http://www.asu.asn.au

tylersmayhem tylersmayhem 4:56 pm 12 Dec 08

Who’s Verizon Business and the ASG Group?

peterh peterh 4:55 pm 12 Dec 08

PAPADOC: try verizon business, they are usually on the hunt for staff, so are ASG Group.

GB GB 3:27 pm 12 Dec 08

So papadoc: are you an employee of the company (possible with a ‘contract of employment’), or a non-employee contractor? That’s the world of difference…

peterh peterh 2:07 pm 12 Dec 08

perhaps we should have a poll of which segment we all work in?

jakez jakez 1:44 pm 12 Dec 08

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

You have to remember that this is the world of IT contracting (and yes, I’m in IT and yes, I’ve worked under contract before). You ARE NOT a permanent employee. These things can and do happen periodically. That’s why you get paid more per hour to begin with – to compensate you for both lost benefits and this exact risk.

It still sucks. If it were me I’d be accepting the contract at the lower rate, but then continuing the search for a new job in the background. When something good came up, I’d take it and drop the old role.

Good point VY. I’m not an IT person so it didn’t occur to me that it was a largely contractor type industry.

H1NG0 H1NG0 1:27 pm 12 Dec 08

justbands said :

> Whats the base salary for an IT contractor these days anyway ?

Depends what you’re doing. papadoc doesn’t seem too keen to clarify exactly what he does in IT for some reason…”general IT support” could be anything really.

For help desk, starting wage would be around $30-35K I guess, but you’d be hard pressed to hire a unix admin for less than $70K…so yeah, depends.

50k for an entry level service desk role.

justbands justbands 1:02 pm 12 Dec 08

No worries. 🙂

peterh peterh 12:53 pm 12 Dec 08

justbands said :

> it was when i started out. unless you have mac skills, unix seems to be living in the world of the IBM RS6000, Unisys or HP pro server space. Too rich for my blood.

Still not mainframe, it’s “midrange”.

ok, point taken. I don’t sell in that space, so i don’t pay attention…

justbands justbands 12:43 pm 12 Dec 08

> it was when i started out. unless you have mac skills, unix seems to be living in the world of the IBM RS6000, Unisys or HP pro server space. Too rich for my blood.

Still not mainframe, it’s “midrange”.

peterh peterh 12:38 pm 12 Dec 08

papadoc said :

I’m gonna end this all now by saying, life is hard and if I move on, great, if not, I’ll still be working for them in January, struggling with 35k a year. It’s not pretty, but at least it’s something right?

Thanks for your comments, I appreciate the support, have a Merry Christmas and I’ll post any further developments as I get them. PEACE!

papadoc,

can you please let me know how the other idea you had, the notebook repair business is going? is it still on the board, or not?

peterh peterh 12:25 pm 12 Dec 08

justbands said :

> you could ask them. I really don’t know, don’t play in the mainframe space.

Obviously….Unix ain’t mainframe! 🙂

(thanks though, I’ll drop you a line)

it was when i started out. unless you have mac skills, unix seems to be living in the world of the IBM RS6000, Unisys or HP pro server space. Too rich for my blood.

justbands justbands 12:12 pm 12 Dec 08

> you could ask them. I really don’t know, don’t play in the mainframe space.

Obviously….Unix ain’t mainframe! 🙂

(thanks though, I’ll drop you a line)

peterh peterh 12:11 pm 12 Dec 08

justbands said :

OPC looking for unix admins by any chance? I’m always up for keeping my options open.

you could ask them. I really don’t know, don’t play in the mainframe space. send me an email – peterdotholland98@gmaildotcom

justbands justbands 11:54 am 12 Dec 08

OPC looking for unix admins by any chance? I’m always up for keeping my options open.

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