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The School of Jack - P Prentice - 14th June 2013

Dinosaur Wrote:Ha! Ha! Ha! Where u bin working between those holidays?

...notwithstanding current frozen shoulder, injections Thursday :face-crying:
like most archaeologists today, i do my best work in an armchair


The School of Jack - Dinosaur - 14th June 2013

In your library, surrounded by leather-bound copies of Current Archaeology, with a pipe on the go and glass of brandy? Can relate to that :face-approve:


The School of Jack - P Prentice - 14th June 2013

Dinosaur Wrote:In your library, surrounded by leather-bound copies of Current Archaeology, with a pipe on the go and glass of brandy? Can relate to that :face-approve:
havent bothered with that reactionary rag since the 80s but the rest will apply later - though a single malt tonight i think


The School of Jack - kevin wooldridge - 14th June 2013

Wax Wrote:As a matter of interest has there ever been an archaeologist who went down the industrial tribunal route ? if not why not considering the amount of employment malpractice that appears to go on? Are we such a small incestuous profession that we are all scared of being black listed? Sad
In 1991 I was the secretary of the Museum of London 'Prospect' branch and we took the employer to a tribunal on behalf of 243 archaeologists who had been sacked with insufficient notice and without adequate consultation. We won our case, at the time the largest protective award made by a UK tribunal, roughly £2000 per person. Don't know about being scared of blacklisting. Some of the 'victims' of that case are now in senior positions in archaeology undertakings scattered throughout UK and Europe......strangely I still get people coming up and thanking the branch for seeing that action through to conclusion, most recently a couple of months back in Pompey....


The School of Jack - Crocodile - 15th June 2013

P Prentice Wrote:admirable sentiment but unlikely to get your contract renewed in this decade.

In the current climate and all that. Is that your experience? I have never had a problem clocking up the actual time I have worked and I don't see why it would have any influence on future employment. If you are hard working why wouldn't an employer want to continue to employ you?


The School of Jack - Crocodile - 15th June 2013

kevin wooldridge Wrote:But it would appear to be of concern to HMRC....
http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/jun/13/care-firms-law-on-pay

Sorry! My wording was a little ambiguous. Minimum wage law is concerned that people are paid minimum for the hours which count as time work, including traveling during the working day. It is not clear if the defanition of work time for minimum wage purposes extends in law to people who are recieving more than minimum but are recieving less than there actual work time.


The School of Jack - Wax - 15th June 2013

Thanks Kevin, it's worth knowing that archaeological employers have been taken to tribunals and employees have won. Shows the benefits of Union membership.


The School of Jack - Sith - 17th June 2013

Dinosaur Wrote:I actually achieved the rare feat a couple of years ago of getting some quarry guys to build an edge-berm around a small pit that I hadn't had time to get to (which luckily turned out dead interesting -can't wait for the C14) - bit wierd, and a little claustaphobic, working in a 1m square area surrounded on 3 sides by 5m bunds...and of course the spoil kept coming back after a 2-3 second delay...

I'm assuming that the health and safety chaps were on leave that week.


The School of Jack - Dinosaur - 17th June 2013

Sith Wrote:I'm assuming that the health and safety chaps were on leave that week.

Never heard of an edge bund getting banned yet, and there must be 1000s of km of them in the UK? - admittedly people aren't usually trying to chuck spoil up them...


The School of Jack - BAJR - 17th June 2013

GUILTY... hang em high...

Now... when is the next class session... I am getting twitchy!