Employer forcing move from weekly to monthly pay - two months without pay!
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I've worked with the same firm for about 20 years now, maybe more. Throughout that time I've always been paid weekly. When coronavirus hit, a number of my colleagues were put on furlough, but I was fortunate enough to remain wokring full time. Recently the rest of the work force have been brought back. Due to the way the furlough payments work, those people were paid monthly whilst they were off, and now management would like to transfer the entire work force over to a monthly pay rather than weekly. They expect us to work a month in advance, and intend to pay us at the end of the month, which means that I am not going to receive another pay cheque until August 31st.
I never signed any sort of formal contract when I started working here, but to suddenly have to go from a weekly wage to effectively two months unpaid is going to put an impossible strain on my finances, and that of a number of my colleagues.
Are there any precedents for this? Do I have to agree to this change, and what happens if I don't?
Thanks in advance