Approximately 8 months ago (Late October, 2013), Stew was handed a letter, informing him that his job was being 'dis-established' and being replaced with a larger, more complex job.
He was told he would have to apply with everyone else within the company who wanted to try for it.
Lots of other people within the company got the same letter pertaining to their jobs.
Quite a few up and left immediately, not appreciating the way they were being handled.
Over the next few months lots more left, having found and secured new jobs, and they received redundancy payouts.
Then at the beginning of this year the company realised they were losing too many qualified people, and having to pay out some pretty BIG redundancies, so they withdrew the 'dis-establishment' notices. Stew got a letter saying his job was NOT being dis-established after all.
We kinda breathed a sigh of relief, but not really. Stew had his doubts about it all. His doubts were justified. About ONE MONTH later, he got ANOTHER letter telling him his job WAS being dis-established AFTER ALL!
So we had to go through the turmoil all over again, only difference the 2nd time? His job was going to be advertised outside the company, meaning there would be many more qualified people trying to get the job.
He had to go through an interview, just like everyone else. He knew that there were some very highly qualified people going for the job, and he kinda felt like there wasn't much hope he would get it, even though he knows the company through and through, and has a wealth of knowledge and experience ...
Today it is about 8 months since he got the first letter.
Today is the day we EXPECT to find out who got the job.
Today I am probably going to try and keep myself busy. I might even go out to the mall or Spotlight... and try not to dwell on what is happening with Stew.
This could be a very bad day... or a miracle could happen? I just don't have a good feeling about this at all.
It's dragged on for so long. I hope either way, it is over TODAY. We cannot keep living with this constant stress. I know how I am feeling, so it must be so much worse for Stew.
So... I will pop back later on in the day to update on what I've been up to.
OH, AND GUESS WHAT? IT'S BLACK FRIDAY.
Shit a brick! I can't go anywhere right now. I'm expecting a person from Living Flame 'sometime' this morning to look at our fireplace.
Remember, we spent over $800 just last year getting it overhauled? Well... it's not working very well. I can get it to fire up, but after about 30-45 minutes it turns itself off. And if I light it up again it does the same thing ... over and over again.
So, I am getting them out to take a look at it. $90 call out fee applies if the fault is NOT anything to do with the repairs done last year.
I am fairly certain it is the new control dial playing up.
Fireplace lady turned up ... at 12.02 pm. NOT quite 'in the morning' as I was told. *sigh*
But... she thinks she's fixed the two problems that were found... both were parts replaced last year, so should be under warranty still.
When she left she said if it's still turning itself off, it is something she couldn't fix today anyway, so I'm to call her if it does turn itself off again. Yaaaa.
Right, time for lunch, Home and Away then some sewing.
Ha! I'd just sat down, turned McDreamy on and was about to start sewing when she arrived. The gods seem determined to stop me sewing!
SO. Stew didn't get the job. We are NOT surprised. The company had no intention of giving it to him ... any fool could see that after the way they have treated him in the past few months.
So... next step. 'They' want to retain him within the company ... so they say.... and are going to discuss the options with him over the next few weeks.
The options ... well hell. Stew is going to be doing some job he probably will hate, while watching the new guy doing HIS job, and most likely asking Stew to help him out when he doesn't know what to do.
FUCK THAT. Stew is going to make sure he can get a redundancy payout option to cover the next 6 months, and then if he hates the 'alternative job' offered to him, he can start looking for a new job.
I am just so angry right now... you have no idea.
Now we have to wait and see what they will offer him by way of a job.
MORE FUCKING WAITING. OMG I feel like driving into that damn office and fucking slapping a few people.
I just talked with Stew on the phone. I let him know just how upset I am for him, and how goddam angry I am at the company for how this has been handled. 8 MONTHS of stress and worry... and now it is going to drag out some more, with a likely job offered to him that he will feel OBLIGATED to accept to keep him in employment.
I made him cry I think... can't do that again, he has to take what they offer him and move on.
I think over the next couple of months we have a lot to think about and consider.
LYNDA: I don't know.
KELLY: I will not publish your comment as you name the company, something that I will not do as it could backfire on Dad in a big way.
LACY : same. Don't say the companies name FFS.
TINA: thanks for pointing that out, I had missed that one!
TONIGHT: I am going to pretend there are NO CALORIES in Bacardi and Diet Coke. NOPE, none at all.
End of Day: well eating dinner put paid to having any more grog. I'm as sober as a judge now and just pissed off.
Going to bed.