(Original post by NStocks)
So I've just rung my work up ( tesco ) and told them that I won't be able to make my shift today ( 2pm - 10pm ) because of Uni work and deadlines etc. I apologized for it many times. She told me that I will be given a disciplinary and this could lead to been sacked because I have not for-filled my contract and that I don't care about my job...
I also work for Tesco. I'm doing 25+ hours a week now because I'm on my gap year, but when I was at college I had less hours like you.
As a company they feel VERY
strongly about attendance. When you go off sick you have a welcome back meeting on your first day back at work. Your manager discusses why you were off etc and then writes your new attendance percentage on a form. If it drops below a certain percentage (I think 85%) then you get an attendance review with your manager and a senior member of the team. I've had two before and I was supposed to get a formal disciplinary at one of them, but they couldn't give it to me as they only have a week in which to do it after the absence and thankfully my manager was on holiday for two weeks.
Can you work out your percentage? It may be as low as 60-70% if you don't do many hours and have taken 3 weeks off before. Also, your reason for the absence isn't justified in the working world. As an employer you have to understand that they won't be sympathetic to your university deadlines. That's for you to handle.
When I had the attendance review I was also told that it wasn't the percentage that mattered as much, but the regularity of the absences too, e.g. after I was off for two shifts my manager said that I shouldn't be off work for another 3 months otherwise I would be called back in again. When you do a small amount of shifts (weekend work) it can be really easy to get a crap attendance record.
Also, your manager was right to assume that they're short-staffed. At my store, all temps had their contracts cut, managers have been moved around and a lot of people have been forced into taking unpaid leave until March. They do it every year so they can show their annual figures in April and be like: "Woo, look at our profit", but really they just provided a ***** service for the three months after Christmas and sacked a bunch of people.
I always thought three strikes and your out, so if you've never had a disciplinary before then you may be OK. It sounds like you might be 'owed' two, but that's very different to having them. Remember they have to give them to you within a week of the absence. Well done for joining the union. They'll help you if they screw you over. But still, you probably should have gone to work today!