I'm not a shirker - I'm just snowed in!

10th December 2010 at 00:00

I am a qualified music teacher who has been teaching guitar as a peripatetic teacher since 2002. I also teach in an immigration centre. I have a good attendance record and enjoy my work.

When the snow comes I am unable to get to my job. I would have to dig snow from a number of streets around my estate.

This year I was informed that if I don't make every effort to get to work (a 45-minute drive in normal conditions, or between two to three hours on public transport, also in normal conditions) I would not be paid, and that I would have to either take a holiday or make up the time during evenings or weekends.

When I phoned my manager he said that I should dig my car out of the drive and that no-one else had this problem. I had the same response from one of the music centres where I work part-time (100 per cent attendance since I started in 2002).

I am unhappy that every year I will have to go through the same process of having to explain to managers that I cannot drive my car off a snow-bound estate. I feel ridiculed and as if I am trying to get a free day off work.

I think managers need to understand that everyone has different travel problems depending on where they live.

Name supplied, West Yorkshire.

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