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About HellesAngel

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  • Location Harlaching, Munich
  • Nationality British
  • Hometown Southwold, England
  • Gender Male
  • Year of birth 1970
  • Interests There are very few problems that can't be solved by a nice cup of tea. If tea doesn't help then try beer. If beer doesn't solve it then there's something wrong with your problem so forget about it, another will be along soon enough.

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    Home cooked food, wine, more food and more wine, and beer. Talking passionately about food and wine. Wine for lunch and falling asleep on the balcony for the afternoon. Cooking Indian, Chinese, Thai, French and of course English food. Brewing beer and drinking it. English beer, especially Adnams Regatta and Bitter. Drinking that pint of Adnams while carving a cheek shaped groove on a bench on Southwold seafront by the Sailors' Reading Room looking out over the sea, complaining about young people today. Going for a swim in the North sea. Barbeques, and meals with high meat content. Going to Alsace visiting the in-laws and their mates' vineyards. Stinking French cheese. High end stereo, listening to music with good drum lines & playing drums. Fine restaurants, and all restaurants run by people who care about food, especially in France. Fish & chips. Mountain biking, skiing, walking in the Bavarian hills, biergartens & Oktoberfest in lederhosen. Merry careless drunkenness. Fitness training, reading factual books. Being a know-it-all, a pedant, speaking my mind, and being a pain in the arse then going for a beer. Staying relaxed and watching the cares of the world drift past.
  1. The laws about employees and Kurzarbeit

    On Friday 15th January my employer announced, without any previous notification or warning, that half the company would be put on Kurzarbeit with various degrees from 60% to 100%. The kurzarbeit started the next week. It's a small company with no Betriebsrat so that it happened suddenly and some degree of chaos is no great surprise however what is a surprise is who was selected. This is seemingly random and arbitrary, the logic and reasoning offered is twisted and full of half-truths.   It seems that some employees are sharing a disproportionately heavy burden and others, in exactly the same situation, are still working 100%. The employer has offered no support or assistance, either financially or in advice, and the chosen employees are expected to just deal with it. Even with the governments top-up money this still means a very significant loss of income to those on Kurzarbeit.   As I say, it's a small company, we're all 'per du' and I'm not sure that there's any mobbing going on or even a hidden agenda, even though some suspect that, but I find the situation grossly unfair on some who have been selected. The company is doing badly at the moment and needs to save cash short term but it has every expectation to do better in the near future. Kurzarbeit is the ideal method to deal with this cash shortage but the way it has been done is unfair. There's no Betriebsrat so it's every one for themselves, everyone selected voluntarily signed the acceptance letter and went on Kurzarbeit but now the full details are emerging some feel unfairly victimised.   So, what are the legalities of the situation? Can the employer select at random, what grounds would employees have to seek redress in the courts and what should be attempted to prevent a court case? What advice would the great and good on TT offer?