thread I take it we've all seen the butt-sunning nonsense?
Anyone want to join me in starting an anal sun salon in Shoreditch? I reckon we could clear up in 6 months then do a runner.
permalink the what now?
I must go back in Twitter
permalink This is afairly good summary of where we are now...
permalink can't imagine what the neighbours will say
if I start doing that
permalink A couple of decades ago
me and some mates came up with a concept production company called BURNT RING PRODUCTIONS, largely because of our love of spicy food. We could resurrect that and bring it into the twenties.
permalink Can I just say that I am exceedingly freaked out by the fact
that in less than five weeks, we will be in the 2020s?

Fuck's sake!
permalink and me & Mrs Witchy will still
think the mid-90s was only 10 years ago.
permalink Well to be fair, they were!
It most certainly can't be 20 years since I finished my Ph.D.

Screw you time!
permalink next year will be 25 years
since I graduated university.

I almost had heart failure when I worked it out as 35. So that's how long it takes to forget basic maths apparently.
permalink Last my group of uni mates went on hols to celebrate our 40th's.
We were shocked to realise one progeny was 10 already.

I only realised the other day that when we turn 50, he'll turn TWENTY.

Fuck that.
permalink *shuffles past, smelling of wee*
permalink Aha, y'ould codger ya!
permalink Hahahaha :)
permalink I danced for hours last night
at an XR fancy dress 90s rave party. My knees are absolutely fucked today.
permalink is it going to be quicker riches
than selling boxes of dirt to audiophiles
permalink one of my friends
was on the university picket line that Billy Bragg joined today
permalink He loves a good picket, Billy does.
permalink Wilson?
permalink apparently he was back in Cambridge today
joining the kids, mainly.
permalink Maybe I should try it
I'm feeling poorly. I'm in work though because I was told that taking a sick day during my probationary period would result in the company dropping me.

Thankfully it's not busy and I intend going home and sleeping when my shift is finished.
permalink a) that's ridiculous
and b) still, it's nice to spread it around
permalink Surely that has to break all sorts of employment laws?
That is massively fucked up. Or has the UK become even more wold west Murican since I left?
permalink nothing new, 20 years ago I was hauled into a disciplinary review
for taking a sick day during my probation at BT

only difference between then and now is that you don't get to lodge a claim of unfair dismissal until you've been employed for 2 years, it used to be 1.
permalink That's shocking
So for two years, they have carte blanche to do whatever the fuck they like? That ain't right! Some things certainly are better here in NZ
permalink well they do have to go through a full disciplinary procedure
so you can't really fire someone for a sick day, but the reality is that most people in such jobs are either on zero hours or agency contracts, so it's not being sacked, it's just not being given hours. And a tribunal isn't going to even look at your case as a short-timer, unless actual discrimination is involved.
permalink You seem to know a suspicious amount
about this.
permalink nope
in the first two years you can just be handed your notice without reason, no disciplinary required. Which is why employees of less than two years don't get statutory redundancy in the case of job losses.

However if you have evidence that the underlying reason is discrimination you can take them to tribunal.
permalink If it's in your probation period
they can basically dump you for pretty much any reason with little come back.*

(* though if you can prove discrimination all bets are off)
permalink Probation period is standard and legal.
Also, some staff started today without 12h off shift since yesterday and we were told that we may have to take our breaks in two 15 minute chunks.
permalink A couple of us had to do the less-than-12h thing last year
and were given an extra day Annual Leave in compensation.
permalink Is that a thing now?
I wonder if it includes travel? If so my boss owes me a ton of time off....

Oh hang on, he knows exactly how much time I spend arsing about on the internet..
permalink I don't think it's an official thing.
But my place is pretty good about that sort of stuff. They also gave us taxi expenses, because we didn't leave the office till 1am.
permalink We've discussed this before
Your boss is a lunatic, I wouldn't dare broach the subject with him!
permalink Mine's a total cunt too
The fucker doesn't even seem to pay me, from what I can tell
permalink Man, what a cunt
Sorry mate!