Saturday, 27 February 2010

Funky Hair Friday and Update

I sprayed our hair blue today and took some pictures....Kaylin took cupcakes to her school today for her wee friends as she's turning four tomorrow.  They got to celebrate her birthday a day early.  My baby is turning four.  Can you belive it?  Gosh, I feel old.

Today was a pretty shitey day overall. 

Riaan got his final verdict from the company that he's been employed with for seven months and they have dismissed him. 

We still can't believe it!  Its been a long 5 weeks at home for him worrying about his job.

He was out of the blue slapped with a suspension five weeks ago pending an investigation from the company's side.  It was a week and a half before he even knew was the charges were!  After he knew what the chargers were, he requested access to his emails to do his own investigation.  Then the light went on and he knew what it was all about.  He'd missed a request on the bottom an email to do something (he was pretty busy on another project).  One little mistake and he's been charged with Deregation!

BS BS!!!

Especially since he has no formal job description, has had no formal hand-over from the guy who was supposed to be assisting him settle into his new position at the company.  At no time did they call him in to discuss why he didn't follow the instruction.  No counselling was given to him.  No verbal warning, no written warning, nothing!

He had a disciplinary hearing that lasted from 9am in the morning until 4:30pm in the afternoon and he was totally shattered when he got home.  He has no company representative as he's only been there 7 months and doesn't have a strong trusting relationship with anyone there.  He's had to wait an entire week for the findings and the verdict from the Chairperson.  More waiting and worrying...

Emotionally it has taken its toll on him.  He is a broken man at the moment....he's so demotivated, so desponded and very down.  Its been exhausting for me trying to keep him in good spirits as well as trying to keep it from the girls, my dad's car accident, my mum in the hospital and all this amongst our Expo (the busiest time of my working year).

I'm drained, my Boerewors is depressed and its a tense household right now.  We don't know how we're going to get through the next month with no salary from my Boerewors.  We may have to sell our belowed Ford Focus ST to make ends meet.

He wants to contest it all.  He wants to appeal but I'm not sure he has the energy for it.  One day he has the anger in him to fight them, the next day he's like, Woteva and couldn't be bothered going through it all again... I hope he finds some fight within him and take the company to the CCMA for unfair dismissal.  I know he has a case as he clearly got the short end of the stick.  They wanted rid of him somehow for something and we don't know who has stabbed him in the back or why.  There is no closure for him.  He is the first to admit when he's done something wrong but one little mistake and you're out?  Its just doesn't seem fair.

Give a guy a break!


Matty said...

Happy Birthday to Kaylin. You all look like cute cupcakes.

Gosh, I'm so sorry to hear about Riaan. I sure do hope the best for all of you, and that he finds it in him to go forward as he sees fit. Hopefully, there is a silver lining in this that you don't yet see. You never know what the future holds, and it might be something positive and unexpected.

cat said...

I am so sorry for you - a really tough time.

And it can not be fair - you can not dismiss someone as easily as that without warning unless it is gross negligence.I know, I have been on the other side of that. CCMA I say!

Bernie said...

So sorry to hear of your troubles, seems so unfair to your husband.
Good luck to you, am saying a prayer that all will work out for you and your family......:-) Hugs

KK said...

I'm so sorry, that sounds awful.

Brian Miller said...

so sorry to hear...ack...i hope that all goes well if he chooses to contest.

Nocturnal Queen said...

Ugh. How awful. I hope things work out as they should. (((HUGS)))

Blasé said...

I'm frustrated for many others here in America that continue to lose their jobs. It could happen to me and my wife at any time, too.

I wish y'all the best. Keep your chin up and use this time to be one another's support. Don't let circumstances 'rock the boat'.

SM said...

what an awful hand he was dealt and in this economy one that is really stressfull for all of you.

he should consult with a good lawyer, maybe he can at least get that off his record right?

good luck to your guys!

Green-Eyed Momster said...

Love the blue hair!

Sounds like your hubby was working for douchebags. Something better will come along for him. I have my fingers crossed.


Laura said...

WTF Gillian? Holy crap man :( that is so aweful.

I am so sorry!!! Thinking of you guys and sending lots of love and motivation!

He needs to fight Gillian. The lack of job description alone is enough grounds for unfair dismissal!!

Strongs chick!

AmyLK said...

OH no! that SUCKS! And is SO unfair! I know you and he will rally and make the best of the situation and that in the meantime its going to be stressful. Just remember to breathe! HUGS

Shayne said...

I missed this?

So so sorry to hear what has happened.

Flippin big corporates have their own rules and regulations.

Have faith.

You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Kak thing to have happened.

Esme said...

Happy Birthday!!!!!

What fun.


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