Help! TUPE, Should I be offered redundancy pay?
Hi, this is only my second time posting so apologies if it is in the wrong place. The company I work for (and have worked for for the last 8 years) is in the process of being taken over and we are currently in the consultation period. We have been informed that our premises are being relocated to an office space a further 9 miles away from our current office. My contract currently states my place of work as being the office I currently work in with no mobility clause. They have sited an Organisational restructure as the reason for the move and are in the process of giving us new contracts which will now include a mobility clause. They have said that we can apply to work from home, but the application process doesnt take place until after the move and more than a month after my consultation period ends, with no information on how long the application process will take. I understand that 9 miles is a relatively short distance for most people however I am a parent to two small children, and my shift starts at 8am. Their schools breakfast club doesnt open until 07:45. At the moment I have just enough time to drop the kids off and get to work, but the new location will mean approximately an additional 20-30 minutes journey time for me, so i will not be able to make it in time for the start of my shift. I can possibily arrange some arrange childcare occasionally but not on a daily basis. I have explained all of this to HR, and have stated that I will be happy to sign the new contract with an agreement that I will, for the majority of the time work from home. They refused to agree to this until after my consultation period ends and I am required to sign the contract and have said the new location is a reasonable distance and if I refuse to accept it, I'll be dismissed under SOSR. They are mot offering any kind of compensation and are also saying I am not entitled to redundancy as they are allowed to make contractual changes under ETO. Is this right? I've looked on the gov website and my understanding is that i should be offered redundancy if the move would interfere with my childrens care/education? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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