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    Hi guys,
    Iím a 31 year male from Cape Town and im in urgent need of good advice because I fear I might do the wrong thing.
    I started working at a construction company in a well-paid position in Nov 2013. A Very stressful and very responsible position, but I managed to copeÖjust about. Soon after I got the drift of things and started to make a huge success of it. Everything went well for about 6 months, and then the one site manager decided to push me to the side and replace me with someone else. Being in a responsible job I tend to question everything that comes by me. And he didnít like it. So he shipped me off to the head office and I became the responsibility of the CEO of the company. He didnít really know what to do with me, because they canít fire me. April of this year he asked me to go to Pretoria for 3 months to do a job there. I left for Pretoria on my own cost. After I got there I realised there is no need for someone in my position to be there. And figured that it was a cheap way to get rid of me. Sitting day in and day out in a place where you donít have anything to do is torture. At the same time I have family and a fiancťe in cape town that had to go through an emergency operation, of which he refused me to attend. There was no need for me to be 1500km away from home; I could have done my part from anyway in SA.
    After 3 months I returned to cape town on my own cost again. A couple of weeks later he told me to go to Durban for a 6 month job and I must share a 3 bedroom flat with 12 construction workers. Sometimes in the same room or bed. At that stage my mood and drive was very low due to my depression and the instability didnít do any good. The people in my life know exactly how to handle me to aid me in my daily tasks. My fiancťe is home alone and must now all of sudden run everything I leave behind. So these decisions touch everyone in my life. I decided to look for my own accommodation because I canít live like he is planning on, it will mean the end of my mood. Yet again I travelled to Durban on my own cost. Hiring a car on my on cost and use my cell phone for business deals.
    Yet again I realise there is no need for someone in my position on site and all the work can be done from anywhere in SA. Two months later he sent me an email, instructing me to report to Kroonstad. Yet again I travelled to Kroonstad on my own cost and yet again I realise there is no need for someone like me.
    I canít go on like this anymore. My fiancťe is on the verge of leaving me and I canít blame her. Nowhere in my contract has it stated that I must travel. The company has 4 other people with the same job title, why canít they go for a change? If itís a case that they donít have work for me in cape town, why do they appoint more and more people with my job title.


    What keeps me from going?
    1. I get a real good pay for someone with only 2 yearsí experience. I wonít get it anywhere else, I looked around.
    2. Work in this field is very scares in Cape Town
    3. Canít find anything else.
    I received inside info from the HR guy and he told me if I tell the CEO I canít travel anymore and I want to go home then he will fire me by telling me there is no more work for me and I refuse the available work.
    My church asked me to take on a Sunday school teacher position, and I rejected it because Iím married to my job. If I tell him I canít travel cause of my responsibilities at church. Do I have a case at the CCMA? Maybe this shunting around is a clever way of constructive dismissal?

    What I want to know from you guys. Can I ask him to go back to cape town and explain to him how it is effecting my personal life outside the company? And I canít travel no longer Does he have any foot to stand on and fire me? Can you guys please explain to me what to do, and how to do it to avoid dismissal?

    Guys, please help!

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    I think that they are doing their level best to get rid of you. You must have really pissed off somebody high up.

    Maybe the legal guys can give you advice.
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    What does your contarct and job description say?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Houses4Rent View Post
    What does your contarct and job description say?
    The contract says I'm stationed at one site at 1 adress. States nothing about travelling. However there is a section that states the employer can ask me to do something that is not necessary part of my job description at any time. Does that include travelling?

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    Well, I have no experience with that, but I would say the odd travel could fall into the adhoc category. But, relocatng for months on time (and at own costs) in my understanding is not falling into that category. Maybe the others have better input here. Maybe ask a labour lawyer?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dieprofeet View Post
    There was no need for me to be 1500km away from home; I could have done my part from anyway in SA.

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    Yet again I realise there is no need for someone in my position on site and all the work can be done from anywhere in SA. Two months later he sent me an email, instructing me to report to Kroonstad. Yet again I travelled to Kroonstad on my own cost and yet again I realise there is no need for someone like me.
    If that really is the case, how come you haven't managed to persuade anyone else that this is possible?
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