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    (I don't think quitting like this is the best way by the way and if it can be avoided then you should try to - but sometimes you need to do somthing drastic for your own sake. I had no intention of quitting when I went into the office today but in a way I'm glad I did because it may be the catalyst I personally needed to get my finger out my arse and do somthing with my life. If you ever feel the need to do this, make sure you have the ability to support yourself financially atleast 3 months)

    I'm 23, Male.


    I'd been working as a Carer through a Care Agency for 4 years. In that time I've been on the community for 2 years and the last 2 were spent as the Night Warden of a Sheltered Accommodation for elderly people.

    Over the time I spent there, the agency has been very poorly ran/managed. The communication was piss poor, the coordinators clueless and the manager incompetent and there was very little regard to the needs of staff. For a long time I have felt I have been bullied and treated differently by the manager.I I'd tell you half of the things that have happened but I'd hit the character limit of the post.

    I have had countless instances of payroll errors over the years, where pay would be missing and some weeks where they just wouldn't pay me at all. Whenever they made these errors we were expected to wait until the week after, or accept a CHAPS payment which would be taxed at 40%. When you're only earning £6.40 per hour, this is unacceptable and impossible.

    My grandmother (who I and my mother lived with) recently died on the 22nd March. Between this period and 2nd April (funeral) they were pestering me to work days I was not allocated and I had to fight to get some compassionate leave.

    The straw that broke the camels back for me came last night. The job I did as night warden involved me working alone (ALONE, Responsible for 46 residents), staying awake in possession of a phone which is linked to all the alarms in the flats that residents trigger in an emergency. I also have to do hourly checks of the corridors. So my duty is basically to be "on call" through the night, and check the building every hour. Thats all. Over the 2 years I worked there I had exemplary record, had saved lives (2 Heart attacks, 1 stroke).

    4 months ago the scheme went from "Assisted Living" to "Extra Care Scheme" which is a slightly elevated level of care. One of the things they introduced when this happened was an on-site "on call" phone which the senior carer carries through the day and leaves in the staffroom at night. I have never had to use this phone, as all alarms come through to the night phone. Or so I thought.

    I started my shift at 22:00, did the handover, checked the building and as usual sat in the communal lounge and watched some TV (ALL who do the night shift do this). I had the night phone with me as always. At about 23:00 an alarm was triggered but it doesn't go to any phone on-site. For reasons I can't begin to comprehend, it goes to an offsite team, who then have to phone our company, who then have to phone me. So I'm sitting there completely oblivious, and my manager walks in (scares the **** out of me too..) and says something pertaining to "Why aren't you answering the phone, theres someone on the floor. I don't pay you to sit on your arse and watch TV" (What the **** else am I supposed to do if there isn't an emergency? Stare at the wall?).

    Anyway we go up to the flat and it turns out the woman is fine, she's wearing the alarm on her wrist and pressed it in her sleep.

    The manager flips his **** outside the flat and asks me to come in to the morning. I say I'm working tomorrow night so he says to go in at 3. Anyway I do the night shift and decide I might as well go straight after my shift (0800) because I'm tired and going in at 3 would mean I'd have to get up at about 13:00 to get in on time. So I walk 40 mins into the office and he tells me he cant see me now as it's "very serious" and he is going investigate it.

    So I argue my point that I had never been told I needed this phone, why are there two different alarm systems in this particular woman's flat, why I cant sit in the lounge and watch TV when every other Night carer does and its been fine for years etc etc. He just basically brushes every point I make off and tells me to come in at 3pm.

    It's been one thing after the other for too long, and I've been through a very difficult time recently and I really don't need the stress. So I just calmly told him "You might as well take my Uniform and Badge - I can't cope with this", put them on the table He said "So you're quitting then?" and I just said "Looks like it" (I don't think I had even decided myself at this point - I think I was on auto-pilot) and just walked out.

    It felt good by the way. I am currently getting advice from UNISON.
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    Is there a question somewhere in here?
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    (Original post by Hedgeman49)
    Is there a question somewhere in here?
    Yes, there is now. See above and below.

    (Original post by Hedgeman49)
    Is there a question somewhere in here?
    There doesn't need to be a question, its a discussion forum and my experiences may be of value to somebody else.
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    (Original post by EffectiveCat)
    Yes, there is now. See above and below.



    There doesn't need to be a question, its a discussion forum and my experiences may be of value to somebody else.
    Cool, but there's nothing to discuss, you've just told us what you've already done
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    Honestly, that's what I call a cool story bro. Such a riveting tale, I honestly copy and pasted it to word, saved on my hard drive, backed it up on a jump drive, drove to the bank, put the jump drive in the safe deposit box, and will leave it there until my kids turn about 12 (when they can actually state their age, and ask what it is I'm showing them), when I will pick it up, put it in an old USB drive reader and relay this cool story to them and tell them, "kids, this is what a cool story should look and sound like...not like the stories your generation tells.
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    (Original post by Hedgeman49)
    Cool, but there's nothing to discuss, you've just told us what you've already done
    I dunno, we seem to be having a discussion about it right now.
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    (Original post by PhilSGoodman)
    Honestly, that's what I call a cool story bro. Such a riveting tale, I honestly copy and pasted it to word, saved on my hard drive, backed it up on a jump drive, drove to the bank, put the jump drive in the safe deposit box, and will leave it there until my kids turn about 12 (when they can actually state their age, and ask what it is I'm showing them), when I will pick it up, put it in an old USB drive reader and relay this cool story to them and tell them, "kids, this is what a cool story should look and sound like...not like the stories your generation tells.
    Would you like some copy with that pasta?

    Also gl OP.
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    (Original post by PhilSGoodman)
    Honestly, that's what I call a cool story bro. Such a riveting tale, I honestly copy and pasted it to word, saved on my hard drive, backed it up on a jump drive, drove to the bank, put the jump drive in the safe deposit box, and will leave it there until my kids turn about 12 (when they can actually state their age, and ask what it is I'm showing them), when I will pick it up, put it in an old USB drive reader and relay this cool story to them and tell them, "kids, this is what a cool story should look and sound like...not like the stories your generation tells.
    Cools.
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    I think the point where they didn't pay you for a few weeks was the point where you should have decided to leave.
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    good info, was a few times temped to walk out of my job because of bullying. did UNISON give you good advice? Like getting a new job without a reference? and not being able to get and JSA in 6 months? my job wants 4 weeks notice =(
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    (Original post by scotttb)
    Would you like some copy with that pasta?

    Also gl OP.
    no thanks jeff
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    (Original post by SuperWolfPaws)
    good info, was a few times temped to walk out of my job because of bullying. did UNISON give you good advice? Like getting a new job without a reference? and not being able to get and JSA in 6 months? my job wants 4 weeks notice =(
    UNISON said I have a good case, I was also working 10 hours overnight as "oncall" with no breaks in between so they are in breach of Working Laws as night shift workers are entitled an hour of total reprieve every 8 hours worked.. I may be due back in excess of £3.5k in just those 2 years worth of breaks alone. I'm persueing it.

    Also, you can leave a job and claim JSA as long as you have good cause to. They will ask you in the interview. You have to be very clear what your reasons were, but I have some evidence to back my reasons up.
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    Good for you. If employers are going to be dicks then ****`em. It`s good your going to your union as there is no way they can hold you responsible for not attending an incident you didn`t know about.
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    (Original post by EffectiveCat)
    Cools.
    all seriousness tho here u go:

    I have relatives from not so far back that were Nimibian tribesman. They happen to have fought lions just to become warriors. I don't know what you know about lions but they aren't like your average cat. I bet you would absolutely **** your...self if you ever saw a real life lion, especially if you were only holding a sharpened stick and you were naked. Come talk to me when some of your family members have gone on the Zambutu bibjano; A.K.A. the trial of life. Until you have done half the **** that they have maybe you shouldn't even talk to me like this. I know you think you're hard and **** but guess what pal, you aren't. Now go grow some Namibian genes and we'll talk about this **** for real.
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    (Original post by EffectiveCat)
    UNISON said I have a good case, I was also working 10 hours overnight as "oncall" with no breaks in between so they are in breach of Working Laws. I may be due back in excess of £5k in just those 2 years worth of breaks alone. I'm persueing it.

    Also, you can leave a job and claim JSA as long as you have good cause to. They will ask you in the interview. You have to be very clear what your reasons were, but I have some evidence to back my reasons up.
    yeh, i think they are mean't to give you a 15-20 min break every 6 hours? they sound like arseh0les, why are so many employer crap.
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    (Original post by PhilSGoodman)
    all seriousness tho here u go:

    I have relatives from not so far back that were Nimibian tribesman. They happen to have fought lions just to become warriors. I don't know what you know about lions but they aren't like your average cat. I bet you would absolutely **** your...self if you ever saw a real life lion, especially if you were only holding a sharpened stick and you were naked. Come talk to me when some of your family members have gone on the Zambutu bibjano; A.K.A. the trial of life. Until you have done half the **** that they have maybe you shouldn't even talk to me like this. I know you think you're hard and **** but guess what pal, you aren't. Now go grow some Namibian genes and we'll talk about this **** for real.
    Did /b/ get penetrated by an aspergic 17 year old boy with a coolee sense of humor or somthing?
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    Well done, sir. It does, however, sound as though you should have left quite some time ago—the working conditions do not sound at all bearable. Looking at your previous posts it appears as if you're interested in continuing your education. I'd say it's probably the best decision that you can make at this point.
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    Life goes on. I do hope you find a better job :-D
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    (Original post by PhilSGoodman)
    all seriousness tho here u go:

    I have relatives from not so far back that were Nimibian tribesman. They happen to have fought lions just to become warriors. I don't know what you know about lions but they aren't like your average cat. I bet you would absolutely **** your...self if you ever saw a real life lion, especially if you were only holding a sharpened stick and you were naked. Come talk to me when some of your family members have gone on the Zambutu bibjano; A.K.A. the trial of life. Until you have done half the **** that they have maybe you shouldn't even talk to me like this. I know you think you're hard and **** but guess what pal, you aren't. Now go grow some Namibian genes and we'll talk about this **** for real.
    Does your mum know you`re on the internet after bedtime?
 
 
 
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