At War With The Job Centre

Dear Mrs […],

hereby I lodge an objection to your refusal of my application for welfare.

On Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013 at 3.51 PM, I received a phone call by a job center staff member (phone number: […]), informing me that the appointment for Friday, April 5th, at 9 AM, had to be cancelled because you had become sick. When I asked when my alternative appointment would be, he informed me that you would get in contact as soon as you recovered and returned to your work place. This did not happen.
My husband, Mr Layara, and I had two appointments at 8 respectively 8.30 AM for that very same Friday with the employment agency in the same building, which we attended; there was absolutely no reason we would have missed the appointment at 9 AM with you had we been informed that it was on again. During the entire time, you could have reached me via mobile phone and mail.

The incoming phone call from April 2nd, 2013, is being archived in my mobile phone for the duration of one month and can thus be proven.

Kind regards,
Layara

On Tuesday I got a letter from the job centre, informing me that I had missed my appointment, when it clearly had been cancelled, and as a result – because I neglected my cooperation duties despite having been lectured about the legal consequences, and because I “refused cooperation” and made it “excessively difficult” (WTF?) to come to a resolution of the case – my application for welfare would be refused. I would have one month to hand in written protest.
Since the job centre is closed to the public on Wednesdays, I went there this morning and left the letter which I have translated above; trying to call the lady in question remained fruitless as she didn’t pick up the phone either on Tuesday or Wednesday.

After receiving the letter, I got initially so mad that I wanted to punch someone in the face. I had not done anything wrong, but merely acted according to what I had been told by representatives of the job centre, and yet I was the one who had the hassle of proving my innocence even though the error was clearly on the side of the staff – due to poor internal communication at best, or simple incompetence on their side. As if I did not struggle enough with fulfilling my daily tasks already…

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2 thoughts on “At War With The Job Centre

    1. Thank you! I really hope they come to their senses; don’t want to imagine what happens if not… So far, I haven’t heard anything from them.

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