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Post by Hired_Merc on Thu Mar 19, 2020 1:58 am

I couldn't think of an appropriate title for the thread, so I didn't bother.

Anyone being affected by this? I work in Specsavers, we've had to cancell ALL routine sight tests. Only booking emergency appointments at the moment, we've been told to stay open by the NHS. But, I don't see how they can pay us our wages on what we'll be doing in next few months. I fully expect pay cut, hours cut or even worse redundancy. Find out today what's going on.

Please everyone stay safe, keep social distancing, wash your hands and sneeze/cough in elbows or shoulders.
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Post by Kickass32 on Thu Mar 19, 2020 7:58 am

Well my place of employment is closing for 6 business days as of Friday, not for our safety but because of projected low sales in the near future. They are paying us for these 6 days but rumor has it they are going to close longer at which time no pay, or vacation time will have to be used to secure income. My daughter is a kinisiologist and the clinic she works in has closed until April 1 with no pay. My wife's job has closed the doors to the public but she still has to go in, she works in the welfare department so she will likely get busier as the rest of the province slows down
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Post by Hired_Merc on Thu Mar 19, 2020 1:14 pm

My hours got cut by half. Only going to be working 3 days a week now. I can just about afford rent and bills. Going to be like this for the next 3 months.
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Post by jax on Thu Mar 19, 2020 7:25 pm

Yep, shit's getting real fast, I'm fortunate my job allows me to work on for now. Shit is changing fast as the disease has been taken it's toll everywhere
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Post by Kickass32 on Fri Mar 20, 2020 7:51 am

The entire auto industry is shutting down here for a minimum 6 working days. Toyota is going 2 weeks......but again, it's not out of the goodness of their hearts with their employees health a priority, its because of sales forecasts
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Post by jax on Fri Mar 20, 2020 6:50 pm

It's amazing how fast this is spreading around the world, Europe is getting it bad now and the US is getting it bad also....Global recession if not depression when this is all said and done.
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Post by Kickass32 on Fri Mar 20, 2020 11:34 pm

The only good thing is, and this is just my opinion, once things start getting back to normal I see the economy bouncing back rather quickly
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Post by jax on Sat Mar 21, 2020 6:46 am

Could be but with case numbers still getting up its hard to say when. Our man-boy P.M. put us in massive debt during a good economy and now with all the job losses and money put out for stimulus we are going to be so far in the hole in will be impossible to get out of....and it was to far gone as it was.
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Post by Kickass32 on Sat Mar 21, 2020 7:25 am

jax wrote:Could be but with case numbers still getting up its hard to say when. Our man-boy P.M. put us in massive debt during a good economy and now with all the job losses and money put out for stimulus we are going to be so far in the hole in will be impossible to get out of....and it was to far gone as it was.
Oh yeah, as Canadians and as a country we're in big trouble because of Turdeau, but I believe the U.S economy bounces back rather quickly
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Post by Kickass32 on Sun Mar 22, 2020 7:43 pm

400 deaths in Italy in one day
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Post by Hired_Merc on Mon Mar 23, 2020 11:20 am

Partner been told her job is done for next 3 months. Being paid this week, then don't know when she'll be paid again. Government have been pretty good in UK, they'll pay 80% of wages of places forced to close. By the employer needs to apply for it, there's very little details on that right now. My hours cut by half, brother has lost his job from it. We can JUST about pay rent and bills, food.. eh food will be another issue will cross that bridge when get to it. Partner probably can't pay for her car. I've made a Universal Credit claim, put my partner on that also for a joint claim. Universal Credit, is benefits in the UK. Absolute nightmare, but everyone in same boat right now, some far worse.
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Post by Kickass32 on Mon Mar 23, 2020 12:37 pm

Our province has just declared all nonessential businesses closed as of WED. I believe. This just announced about 30 minutes ago
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Post by jax on Mon Mar 23, 2020 6:11 pm

Yep, I  will prob be out of work tomorrow because of this.
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Post by Kickass32 on Mon Mar 23, 2020 7:08 pm

jax wrote:Yep, I  will prob be out of work tomorrow because of this.
Will you get paid?
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Post by jax on Mon Mar 23, 2020 8:27 pm

Just EI which I havnt been on in along time , I'm construction so there is some grey areas I'll find out tomorrow.
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Post by Kickass32 on Mon Mar 23, 2020 10:22 pm

Hope it all works out Jax. U.K sounds like they are shutting down the same as Ontario....it's only a matter of time till the rest of Canada shuts down as well.
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Post by Kickass32 on Tue Mar 24, 2020 9:52 am

jax wrote:Just EI which I havnt been on in along time , I'm construction so there is some grey areas I'll find out tomorrow.
It appears some construction is deemed essential. I had a look at Doug Ford's list of what essential services will stay open........gawd damn basically everything is staying open. Ford dropped the ball on this one
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Post by Hired_Merc on Tue Mar 24, 2020 1:08 pm

Officially been made furlough'd. Gonna have 80% of my wages being paid, and I can't work. UK in full lockdown in next 3 weeks. But the furlough is a 3 month plan, so my plan is to essentially work out and see what happens. Try keep myself mentally healthy.
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Post by Kickass32 on Tue Mar 24, 2020 3:34 pm

The Ontario "shutdown" is a fricken joke. They said they were shutting down all non essential services, but the list of places allowed to stay open is HUGE....no shutdown at all really.

And yes, mental health is going to be a huge concern across the world over the next few months
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Post by Kickass32 on Thu Mar 26, 2020 7:41 am

Well my layoff got extended until April 7. That's 11 working days. I'll get paid for 8 of them so that's not completely terrible
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Post by Kickass32 on Fri Mar 27, 2020 7:56 am

Well, British P.M tested positive for Covid-19
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Post by jax on Fri Mar 27, 2020 6:21 pm

Kickass32 wrote:
jax wrote:Just EI which I havnt been on in along time , I'm construction so there is some grey areas I'll find out tomorrow.
It appears some construction is deemed essential.  I had a look at Doug Ford's list of what essential services will stay open........gawd damn basically everything is staying open.  Ford dropped the ball on this one

Some jobs in my town did get shut down while others didnt. The job I'm on is still on going as all the people in building have been sent home and we have a full time custodian keeping the place sanitised for us while renovations are taking place. It'a a big building with 4 floors and about 10-12 guys working so its actually quite safe considering we mostly can keep our 6ft distance for the most part.
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Post by Kickass32 on Sat Mar 28, 2020 7:18 am

Well that's good then Jax.

I have to go out to the liquor store, I am going to feel a little douchy but I'm out of my bourbon and my wife is out of wine.....we CANNOT be self isolating for any length of time without the aid of alcohol
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Post by jax on Sat Mar 28, 2020 8:58 am

Haha true story, thats why they were smart enough to keep them open during this time....if they didnt that would create a real problem.
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Post by Kickass32 on Sat Mar 28, 2020 1:06 pm

Covid 19 would have nothing on married couples locked together with no alcohol
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Post by jax Yesterday at 6:04 pm

Canada had a bad day for new cases but prob due to more testing being done....The whole world is going to be in an economic mess for some time.
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Post by Kickass32 Yesterday at 7:43 pm

Yeah they are talking about extending the state of emergency in Ontario for another 2 weeks
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Post by jax Yesterday at 8:06 pm

2 weeks wont be much the way things are going...2 months if we are lucky.
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