April 26th, 2010


Thunderbolt out of the blue

I've just been sacked.

My contract with Crédit Agricole Deveurope was to come up for renewal on May 1st. As I had had no warning, no inkling, no reason to suppose it wouldn't be renewed, I wasn't unduly worried about management's reticence on the matter; but last Friday, thinking to prevent a situation wherein I would report for work on Monday week and find I would no longer have access to the IT-systems, I casually mentioned the fact to my manager's manager. "Don't worry," she said, "I'll take care of it."

Imagine my surprise then when she called me into her office this morning and said that she had decided not to renew it. Her stated reason being that, since by law this next contract would have to be an indefinite one, she had had to think about whether taking me on would 'add extra value' to the current payroll, and had concluded that it would not.

The real reason, of course, is that having failed in getting rid of my previous manager, whose intended dismissal for reasons of personal antipathy were scuppered when the Board of Directors stepped in and promoted her to Business Controller (whatever that may be), she is now getting rid of those people this previous manager hired, trained and placed her trust in. Starting with me.

Unfortunately, there's not a lot I can do. Actually, after having taken advice from legal experts, there's nothing I can do. My current contract states that neither employee nor employer need observe the legal notice period, which is something I failed to spot when I signed the extention last year.

As for her contention that I would not add extra value: pah! I know my worth, and I'm not going to let her tell me differently.