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Cliff Bastow26/09/2020 10:22:19
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Work has informed me yesterday that there could possibly be a job for me at one of our other factories! More details to follow next week so fingers crossed.

Its a 50 min drive each way on top of a 12 hour shift so not ideal but at least its a job.

Keith Berriman26/09/2020 10:39:27
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Hi Cliff as you have said its a job for now with monies coming in and something else may turn up closer to home

All the best

Ray Wood 426/09/2020 10:59:49
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Hi Cliff,

Any port in a storm is one of my motto's, good luck 👍

Regards Ray

Cliff Bastow26/09/2020 11:06:42
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Yes Ray that is what I think. At least it will take the immediate pressure off.

I suspect that the three of us will have to compete for the 2 jobs that seem to have come available so hopefully my experience will tell.

BackinBlack26/09/2020 11:53:51
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Hi Cliff,

I'm pleased to hear that there is a good chance of continued employment albeit a little further from home.

I hope it all works out well. Best Wishes for a brighter future.


Cliff Bastow05/10/2020 17:35:17
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Well I have been offered one of the jobs but not to keen to be honest.

The shifts are 6.30 am till 7 pm one shift and 9 am to 9 pm the other with the possibility of some nights in the future and for the same money I am on now, although I know the engineers there are on quite a bit more!

They are going to pay mileage for the first year so that is something I guess. I drove it today to see and it is 40 mins each way. Its going to make for a long day!

Also if I accept it, from next week when my shifts are weekdays they want me to travel to the new site but when my shifts fall at the weekend they want me to keep coming here to cover this factory.

I feel they are jerking my chain to be honest.

Denis Watkins05/10/2020 17:54:48
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During " hard times " Cliff, this happens

And employers do seek out " superhuman " to do the work of more than one employee.

Only you can decide, but follow your instincts.

Edited By Denis Watkins on 05/10/2020 17:55:13

Peter Miller05/10/2020 18:48:29
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Ye Gods!! In the past (1968-72) I have worked in one or two places that on ocasion wanted blood sweat and tears and working right through the day and then most of the night on repairs

However that is asking for flesh as well!!

Ray Wood 405/10/2020 19:08:50
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Hi Cliff,

That is good news, think how the third candidate is feeling if he didn't get an offer ?

Go for it, and keep looking for something else is my advice.

Any progress with the York ??

Regards Ray

Edited By Ray Wood 4 on 05/10/2020 19:11:24

Erfolg05/10/2020 20:34:29
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I agree with Ray, a job creates a breathing space, plus any potential employer is not seeing some one desperate for a job. He is looking at a guy who wants to work for them, if the right package is offered.

Well done.

Cliff Bastow05/10/2020 21:39:04
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The third engineer eliminated himself as he decided it was too far to travel as he is already traveling 35 min to our current location and it would be another 40 mins on top of that.

I will accept it in the short term and look for something nearer home without as Erflog points out having to look desperate. Its always easier to get work when you are in work from my experience.

Perhaps iI have not explained the shifts properly. We will be working 4 days on 4 days off. One week 6.30 to 7 and the next week 9 till 9. Not really looking forward to that one!

No progress on the York as yet. I have been going through my fleet, doing some repairs and tidying things up with a view to selling off some of my little flown airframes and spare equipment. Like many of us I suspect I have far to many airframes and only seem to fly the same 6 or 7 regularly.

cymaz05/10/2020 21:48:37
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Cliff, a prospective employer is more likely to take on someone already employed than one off the dole.

I wish you all good fortune in whatever you decide.

Trevor Crook05/10/2020 22:29:13
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Indeed. The last 20 years I worked involved a 45 minute drive at each end of the day, and many travelled further than me, but that was a five day, 37 hour week so not so bad only doing an 8 hour (including lunch half hour) day.

Best to give it a go, I'd say, and get a bit more into your pension pot. You are starting at the grimmest time of year for travelling, it won't seem so bad in the spring.

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