Sorry for such a dramatic headline and for not posting this in the working matters area.
I had my "informal" sickness review meeting this morning and as you can probably guess it did not go well.
I was glad I had taken union advice, read the policy and also got some useful information from ACAS as at least I stood my ground.
My main issue was the target I had been set in advance of the meeting of zero absences for 3 months or I would go to stage 1 of the formal procedure.
I pointed out that this was not in the policy which is also out of date as it does not reference the Equalities Act, and did not follow the ACAS guidance on discriminating clearly between absence caused by disability and that caused by illness. I also reminded them that my long absence in the summer term was not relevant as I no longer work full-time.
I said I would welcome a further OH review and that while I would like to be able to say I would have no further time off I was not prepared to agree that until I had seen OH.
I felt humiliated having to state that I've had a couple of days off this term due to days when I barely had the energy to eat let alone get dressed and asked what I was expected to do in this situation as it is not like having a cold or "flu".
I felt insulted when asked if I had any medical evidence to support this, and the type and impact of my disability, did I have it with me, and would I be willing to show it to OH and for the business manager to scan it over so OH could read it "thoroughly ". My reply was that I always took evidence with me, that I had plenty, and that I would scan it over myself.
I am angry at HR's assumption that as reasonable adjustments have aleadt been made they don't have to do any more and I shouldn't expect any.
And scared? I really felt there was a hostile undercurrent. They seemed very keen to get me onto the formal process, I asked what would happen if I needed further surgery and was told I would then go to Stage one of the formal procedures, and that they will not count future absences as disability leave unless they have to. I'm now at the age at which early retirement on health grounds becomes possible and the fact I am good at my job doesn't matter.
They want me to have an "urgent" OH review, next week if possible and then to continue the informal process once this has happened to set targets.
I have already got on to my union rep and he will attend the next meeting.
Sorry this is so long but it just seems like one battle after another.
He did not say you will not be storm tossed, you will not be sore distressed, you will not be work weary. He said you will not be overcome.
Julian of Norwich