Can Employer change my contracted days/hours?

  Cara2 00:15 28 Jan 2012

My employer (a large, nationwide retail company) is in the consultation period of changing contracted hours/days to include Saturdays. Having never worked weekends, I feel this will impact on quality of family life.

As a part-time worker do I have to accept this change as a done deal or loose my job - or can I succeed in contesting this proposal?

Anybody faced a similiar situation? If so, what was the outcome?

  rdave13 00:50 28 Jan 2012


Your contract can change annually whether part-time or full. If you feel aggrieved enough about it then resign. Companies don't make these decisions lightly and do look-out for their best producing workforce and will get rid of the not so good. They also face harsh times and if you wish to go to a tribunal, for one thing or another,then you will keep someone else employed for a while.

Good luck.

  Kevscar1 00:53 28 Jan 2012

It depends on what your original coontract says. had this tried on me once. Mine said I had to put objection in writing within 30 days. I did and refused change.

  rdave13 00:59 28 Jan 2012


With respect you worked for the public sector, I am right? Private sector and that is the real world.

  Cara2 01:59 28 Jan 2012

Am laughing - am not as young as I would like to be!

Consequently I am very 'old school' from the days when Saturdays were worked by Saturday girls which is why the idea is so alien to me.

Have worked for this particular company for 22 years. Suspect I may well not have much choice in the matter, aside from the 'mitagating(sp?) circumstances' aspect, which I will pitch.

All very unsettling at the moment. Thanks for replies.

  robgf 04:21 28 Jan 2012

Companies seem to be able to change your hours whether you like it, or not. My brother (works in logistics) was changed from the day shift, to the night shift. He disputed the change, but it was a case of like it, or leave.

  zzzz999 06:24 28 Jan 2012

Your terms and conditions of employment cannot be changed without your agreement. Your employer, however, can insist that the change is necessary and that by refusing you have made yourself redundant. You can then take said employer to a tribunal and claim unfair dismissal.

However, by the sound of it, your employer is going through a consultation process. Make your reservations known regarding weekend working including your reasons why you feel you cannot. You may find your employer has flexibility within their work system to accommodate some people who cannot work at the weeends.

  Kevscar1 07:32 28 Jan 2012

rdave13 That was when I was working as a self-employed distributor.

  morddwyd 08:07 28 Jan 2012

That's what trade unions are for.

Get in touch with yours straight away.

  bremner 08:36 28 Jan 2012


As you were self employed I guess you informed yourself that you wanted you to change your contract. After consideration you then told yourself that you would not be willing to change. After further consideration you then deciding to withdraw the change to yourself ensuring you did not take yourself to an Employment Tribunal where you could have been order to pay yourself for unfairly dismissing yourself.

  interzone55 09:11 28 Jan 2012

When I worked for Littlewoods most sales staff had their contracted hours dropped from 37.5 per week to 35 per week, all hell broke lose, but when we checked with the union we were told that the employer could alter our hours by up to 10% without the need for us to sign a new contract.

I can't imagine that much has changed in the last 15 years

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